The design and construction of the Shou Sugi Ban House was joint effort between with Seattle architects Suyama Peterson Deguchi architects and Erin Stetzer. The house was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, and is named after a traditional Japanese technique for weatherproofing wood. The process involves burning and oiling lumber to give it a rich dark colour and render the material more durable.
Encompassing 3,950 square feet, the two-storey home has a low-slung profile and broad, overhanging roof line. The dark boards cladding the residence were laid horizontally, reinforcing the building’s geometry. Visitors enter the T-shaped ground floor at the intersection of its two wings. The shorter section contains the home’s public areas; the kitchen is located to the west, across from the open-concept living and dining room to the east.
Throughout the interior, the charred wood contrasts with white tones that the architects used for most other surfaces. Color accents are provided by various objects chosen by the client for the minimalist spaces. Incorporated into the home’s architecture and interior are both personal and found objects, such as the red salvaged doors for the master bedroom, antique doors for the dressing room and an antique cabinet made by the owner’s grandfather. There are many traditional Asian features like Asian lamps and sliding rice paper doors, which scream Japan.
My favorite space here is the master bedroom, which surprises with a non-traditional sitting zone, this is a reading nook with a whole wall taken by open bookshelves, this isn’t s usual thing for a bedroom but such a cozy reading book looks cute and makes the bedroom more inviting.
Modern Asian design and traditional Japanese features blend very well in this home, get inspired!