AIA Home of the Month Tour

Coates Design Architects was pleased to welcome over 200 people to the AIA Home of the Month Tour on Sunday, November 21.  The first snow of the season arrived on the day of the tour, but the weather did not deter the enthusiastic crowd of architecture fans. Matthew Coates touched ground from Tokyo at 9:00 am on … Continue reading

Thermal Mass

So far we have discussed one of the active climate control systems, Geothermal, utilized in the Ellis Residence. As construction moves right along, we would like to introduce you to the installation of the first passive system, Thermal Mass. A two story concrete masonry wall along with concrete floors act as a heat sink for the warm … Continue reading

Foundation Work

Seattle Architects often struggle with the timing of excavation and foundation work due to the infamous Seattle rain….However, we are pleased to announce that foundation work has been completed with little touble. The Ellis Residence will be built apon a mechanically vented crawlspace. The crawlspace fan will regulate the moisture content under the house reducing the opportunity … Continue reading