Photos by Jeff Hobson
The South Sound magazine 2013 Northwest Idea House is a single-story, 4,775-square-foot, four-bedroom masterpiece with a daylight basement that’s a true retreat, ideal for a growing family or a couple.
It was designed by Gregory Zetterberg of Zetterberg Gregory Design and built by his brother, Jeff Zetterberg of Zetterberg Custom Homes & Remodels. They coined it, “Collective Composition.” At the conception of the home’s design, Greg had hoped to incorporate landscape, the view of the Puget Sound and the home’s comfortable luxury into a singular experience. His design goals are reflected in Jeff’s work on the build.
The home is full of luxury and beautiful design, but Greg’s inspiration can be attributed to his faith and the natural beauty he sees in the world around him.
“We are drawn to beauty; I had hoped that we could design and build a home that complemented God’s order and beauty … Our society is captivated by making the old new, the tired and rundown fresh and clean. All the successful shows on HGTV about remodeling and updating prove that this is a desire in almost all of us. I think it is interesting that many of these shows bring in the ‘human story.’ We all know that wood and tile will one day be gone, it is temporal,” he said.
The most significant amenity, and perhaps the most noticeable, is the sweeping view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges, Mount Rainier in the distance and the Puget Sound in between, with the occasional bald eagle gliding to its perch atop one of the many evergreens surrounding the Gig Harbor property.
“The property, a cul-de-sac lot with its wedge shape, can be difficult to design a home on due to its narrow front. I see property constraints as an opportunity to do something unique. So instead of putting a rectangle-shaped home on the property, the lot inspired a home with ‘wings’ that open the rooms to the views. From the front the home is somewhat understated, not ‘grand’ feeling. I wanted that, I did not want the home to scream ‘look how big I am,’” Greg said.
The home is definitely kitchen-centric, with gorgeous walnut cabinets in a custom gray stain by Signature Design & Cabinetry; sleek high end appliances by Wolf and SubZero from Albert Lee; elegant but hearty countertops and island by Caesarstone, all highlighted by a luscious Kentwood Couture natural oil brushed oak floor that extends through most of the first floor of the home.
The master suite is a masterpiece. There’s enough space for a separate full tub and shower and a walk-in closet large enough to be a child’s room. The amazing views of the Puget Sound remain throughout the bathroom with large windows. Sliding panels create the possibility for privacy and mirrors. An exercise room, mudroom, laundry room, and office round out the extra square footage upstairs.
You almost forget there is a whole house downstairs. A media/game room greets you at the bottom of the stairs, and three large bedrooms and two baths offer ample space for young children, privacy-seeking teenagers or out-of-town guests.
If you want more, check out our 2013 Northwest Idea House photo gallery.