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Construction starts this summer on El Madrono Escuela, Nicagara

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce featured this pro bono school designed as a volunteer for Architects With our Borders. AWB helps design campus in Nicaragua Architects Without Borders is providing pro-bono design services to a California-based nonprofit called Gocare Inc. for an education campus in El Madrono, Nicaragua. Architects Sheri Olson of Seattle and Lynn Gaffney of Brooklyn are co-leads for the 7,100-square-foot project. Gocare said in a press release that [read more]

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Windemere Keynote: Raze or Remodel?

Shared advice with 500+ brokers on remodeling versus razing. Low housing inventory in the Seattle-area means that many homeowners can't go out and buy their dream home. Instead, they're faced with deciding between razing or remodeling an existing house to create what they desire.   Raze or Remodel? Award-winning Seattle architect, Sheri Olson, FAIA, lists ten key considerations when making this important decision. Low housing inventory in the Seattle-area means that many homeowners can’t [read more]

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Featured on Curbed “The best gray paints, recommended by experts”

Sheri Olson declares gray is her favorite color. “I always say, if it’s not white, it had better be gray," she says. She often selects the shade for interiors, and calls Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball one of her nearly foolproof choices. Great to be recognized by Curbed for my expertise. In the article I discuss my top three picks for gray paint. Read an excerpt below or click here to [read more]

Categories: Design Solutions, Interiors, Residential|

Named Best of Houzz 2017 for Design & Service

I'm honored to receive this award five years in a row, says Sheri Olson, FAIA. I'd like to thank the wonderful clients that nominated my firm and the contractors that make our designs reality. Sheri Olson Architecture, PLLC of Seattle Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World [Seattle, January 17, 2017] – Sheri [read more]

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NPR Interview on Pro Bono School

NPR station KCLU recently picked up a story about a school I’m providing pro bono design services for in Nicaragua. It’s part of my work as a volunteer for Architects Without Borders and is for GOCARE, Inc. a non-profit that provides youth and adult education. My co-lead on the project is Brooklyn-based architect Lynn Gaffney who is also a good friend of mine from graduate school. Together we are designing the 7,100-square-foot [read more]

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Named one of the Best Architects in Seattle by Expertise

I'm happy to announce I was named one of the Best Architects in Seattle by Expertise. I’m one of 18 selected based on the following criteria: reputation, credibility, experience, availability, professionalism and engagement. Thanks, Expertise!  

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Featured in a Pro-Spotlight article on Houzz

“When designing rooms that flow together, it’s important to create different-feeling spaces through subtle changes in ceiling height, materials and views.” I'm excited about the being featured in a Pro-Spotlight article on Houzz. It captures my belief that good design can transform lives. Click to read the article here, or view my other projects on Houzz by clicking below. Pro Spotlight: Open Up for Instant Connections

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Book Review: The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Marie Kondo’s book is now an international best seller and has inspired a backlash but it remains one of the most insightful I’ve read about how the state of our surroundings directly impacts our lives. According to Kondo, who was once a Shinto shrine maiden and has been tidying up since she was a kindergartener, a [read more]

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The drop zone: tame the mess at your front door

People are drawn to modern houses because the clean, uncluttered look can be very calming. Achieving this does not mean putting the kids up for adoption, consigning your spouse to the garage or hiring a full time housekeeper. The solution is to plan a convenient and easy for place for your belongings. One of the biggest clutter magnets is the front door. This is where the debris of everyday life—the mail, backpacks, [read more]

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Q: How do I select a contractor?

A: The best resource for finding a contractor is your architect. We have either worked with contractors that we can recommend or have architect colleagues that have worked with contractors they recommend. If you get three residential architects in a room within minutes we will be talking about contractors. Our client’s happiness depends so much on this that we are constantly swapping information on who is doing great work, who has the [read more]

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