Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU for short, can be a great addition to your property. There are two variations: attached (ADU) and detached (DADU) and both offer many benefits to the owner. To inspire you for your own DADU, above is an SZ fly-thru rendering, featuring a SIRE (Structurally Insulated Rammed Earth) wall.Read More
Ever wondered if it is better to substantially remodel and/or add-on to your existing home, rather than sell & buy another? Real estate values have gone up considerably, and in our current seller's market it's the buying-back-in that could be costly, if not timed just right. Considering the resources involved in the design, permitting & construction process, is it worth it to leverage the appreciation gained in your current house and transform it into your dream home? The simple answer is, it depends. Each property is unique, and each family is different. Best thing to do is explore all options and make informed decisions with the help of your professional real-estate, design & build community.
We recently ventured down this decision-making process with our Mercer Island clients, Nicole & Chris Niederman. They purchased a lovely 1,800 SF lakefront home a few years ago, but it didn't meet their family's personality & lifestyle. They selected Suzanne Zahr as their Architect to help lead them down the path of discovery that would ultimately result in an informed 'go / no-go' decision.
With each phase of the design process, new insights were creatively explored & considered. Here's a brief summary of our collaborative journey with the Niedermans in creating their 4,500 SF dream home.Read More
It takes a certain type of person to take a dream business plan and build it into reality. It also takes a supreme level of trust in another person to help you create exactly what you want, especially if you’re not entirely sure how to make every detail happen.
For Lisa and Rino Caruccio, that person is Suzanne Zahr.
Caruccio’s is the newest state-of-the-art Culinary Event Center on Mercer Island, set to have their grand opening on Thursday, September 14th. It all started from an idea that Lisa Caruccio had to create a space for the community to gather, eat, and learn, along with elevating the culinary arts.Read More
Mercer Island Town Center was all abuzz with the excited chatter of well-heeled aficionados on Thursday during the opening of Suzanne Zahr’s gallery and office. It’s a spiffy space next to The Islander restaurant in the Aviara, replete with clean lines, exposed concrete, lush paintings and Sputnik-light snazz. Zahr is an architect who’s had a hand in many powerfully-popping modern projects spanning the land from Palm Springs’ prestigious Smoke Tree Ranch right on up to our own cloudy, northwestern shores of Semiahmoo.
Zahr’s new firm boasts an impressive host of services, from architecture to interior design, construction to corporate brand development. Perhaps the most bold and eyebrow raising move on Zahr’s part is to represent the works of artists Gitte Peters & MUGGI in her new space. Peters is a Danish-born painter, headquartered now in the glamourous principality of Monaco. A cursory look at Peters’ promotional materials and we see glossy shots of her hobnobbing with impressive Euro-notables, up to and including Prince Albert the II himself. But aside from her most remarkable coterie, Peters’ impressionistic style and nature-centric theme is perfect for the Northwestern sensibility.
Ours is a hale and hearty lifestyle, embracing of the outdoors and all its rugged riches, and Peters’ work romanticizes these very ideals with bracing composition and wild bursts of color. One can easily imagine these lustrous works prominently displayed in the homes of Mercer Island’s own distinguished citizenry.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Zahr’s gallery was graced by the supportive attendance of Mayor Bruce Bassett and several Chamber Officers & Directors. Looks like Zahr is adding a fresh burst of artsy energy to the commercial epicenter of our fine island. And with talks of MICA potentially starting construction in 2017, Zahr is leading the way for a cultural renaissance for our bodacious burb. And that is something that many of us have been desiring for years.
T. Tableau, Cultural Blogger
Tableau Knows, Mercer Island Musings and Meanderings
Special Thanks to Mayor Bruce Bassett & the Mercer Island City Council & Chamber of Commerce for welcoming us so warmly to the Mercer Island retail community.
Featured Artists (traveled from Europe):
Gitte Peters & MUGGI
5% of Art sales donated to:
Art with Heart
Food & Drink:
Alice Kalis Photography
Additional Credits: SZ: Under Construction