Designing a Home

Our architect: (Paul) Whitney Architecture – Ballard (Seattle)

Our Builder/Consultant: YS Development | YS Built (Bellevue)

Our home will be a modern, sustainable, green built, energy-efficient, cozy with a flat butterfly roof.  It has a wonderful view of the horizon, Bellevue and Seattle downtown.

Designing a home is complex process.  We had to do a lot of work on the flow of the home and placements of the rooms ourselves. We struggled with the placement of the kitchen quite a bit. Another struggle was where to place the laundry room. This probably warrants a post of its own….

Having owned 2 previous homes, we had a fairly good idea what we wanted/needed in our custom home.  Here a quick break down:

My wish list for the architect / builder:

  • Large pantry/mud/laundry room.
  • Open flow of living spaces.
  • Family room but no formal living or dining (no wasted space).
  • Downstairs office/library.
  • Small loft upstairs for family time/watching TV (away room).
  • Lots of storage.
  • Wet room in the bathroom
  • Covered patio!
  • Bedroom for each person
  • Rec room for the kiddos
  • Tons of pocket doors
  • Linear drain(s)

My husband’s wish list:

  • 2 car garage + tall RV garage
  • Rec room / man cave
  • putting green / batting cage / driving range in the back yard
  • side drive way
  • Rain shower from the ceiling


  • We will most likely get most items on my list, but the pantry / mud / laundry will not be huge.
  • Originally we were shooting for 2,400 sq ft. but it will be around 2,800+. sq ft due to the rec room. Of course this expanded our costs also.

I will try to cover some of these living spaces in future posts.

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