2016 ARDA Global Choice Award goes to MCD!




It isn’t every day that you are able to win such an award as the American Residential Design Awards 2016 Global Choice Award! We couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be recognized! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for our project and helped us get first place! Our interior designer, Emily Treece was able to go to the award ceremony in Colorado. Take a look!






A Trip to Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse











Instead of our birthday lunches at the office to celebrate our employee birthdays of the month, the bosses decided to celebrate Tyler and Fletcher’s birthday with a private tour of Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse and hot shop in Seattle. His boathouse is normally closed to the public so it was quite the opportunity to see his old personal residence, watch his employees at work creating spectacular pieces of art, and enjoying drinks and appetizers.  The highlights were definitely the 85′ long dining room table made out of single tree, the indoor swimming pool with a glass art bottom, and the 20′ long
aquarium where fish swim along his sculptures.
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Interior Work and Furniture Selection

Though we didn’t do the architecture work or build this home, MCD was hired to do the interior work on this waterfront home located in Sammamish, WA on Pine Lake, making all of their selections on finishes and furniture for the entire home. Once we got our broken chair handles, we decided that this is a sine to make some renovations. The furniture program includes selections for all pieces for the home from couches, chairs, tables, and then down to the small details of accessories, artwork, pillows, you name it we do it! Our designer selected woods, fabrics, and metals to coordinate with the already existing architecture and interior design finishes throughout the home to make it look like a cohesive whole. We have found many of our clients are now opting for furniture contracts following their interior design contract and we couldn’t be more excited!

Highlights include a custom live edge wood vanity counter in the Powder Room. Note how it bows out at the vessel sink creating the perfect spot for it to sit while keeping the live edge intact. The mirror here was done from the same slab of wood and frames out a recessed mirror.


The basement level is also a sight to see! It features a sports bar complete with 7, yes we said it, 7 TVs, custom beer growler pendant lights above the bar, which were inspired by the Bainbridge Island Brewing Company, a stainless copper sink by Rohl (http://rohlhome.com/) and coordinating brushed copper Karbon faucet by Kohler. Need this faucet for your own home… you can find it here: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/catalog/productDetails.jsp?productNumber=6227-C15


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Another unique and fun touch is the living room lamp which was sourced from Arteriors and ties in the natural wood elements throughout the home, from the powder room vanity to the live edge kitchen table. This is lamp is truly a work of art… check it out here: http://www.arteriorshome.com/shop/lighting/lampfloor/product/76645-110?trump-floor-lamp


Stay tuned for more photos! This is a work in progress, and we are all anxiously awaiting the final product!


A Staircase Called “Music”



MacPherson Construction worked with NK Woodworking (2014 REX Winner) to create this grand staircase to go into one of our latest homes. It is made of Sapele Mahogany and has Stainless Steel inlays. It is called “Music” as the railing’s parallel wood slats look like what you would see on a piece of sheet music. There is no denying the beauty of this staircase. It is more than just a way to get to the second floor, it is a sculpture, a custom piece of practical artwork. You can watch this video to see the process of how it was made. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loL26dC86DM We can’t wait for our next exciting project with NK Woodworking and to show you all how it turns out!

European Style Homes

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We have been lucky enough to design a wide variety of homes from traditional to contemporary, we can do it all. Some of our favorites are our European Style homes. These homes do not usually mirror a specific architectural style from a specific European country (although they without a doubt can). Rather, these homes generally embody a blend of architectural flavors that cast an overall look and feel that says ‘European.’ If you are planning on building your dream house hire contract builders Ben Trager.

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Luxury European floor plans like the ones we have designed here have large, open living spaces and very spacious bedrooms and extravagant kitchens. Columns and large chandeliers as well as lush curtains and tiled floors can be incorporated to give a regal appearance. Walls tend to have a unique visual texture or are wall papered while furniture must be carefully selected to fit the look you are going for.

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Exteriors of these floor plans often include stone, stucco and brick and are commonly enhanced with wrought iron and cast-stone accents with steep roof lines. Structured landscaping tends to accent the home, sometimes bringing in its own design features such as a fountain. Multi-paned windows of varying sizes are often positioned for the greatest aesthetic impact, the shapes of these tend to not be your traditional rectangle.

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Let us bring a little bit of Europe to the United States and design your dream home.


When a sink is more than just a sink.


A creative and inspired powder room sink adds a distinct flair to this room.


A hand blown glass sink done by a local artist and lit from below creates a mesmerizing focal point in this bathroom.


No one says a sink has to be an oval or rectangle, a fun shape can add a unique look to your space.

What is it about Concrete?

Concrete has been around since the Roman Empire, and we still use it today in the homes we build. It is one of the most durable building materials out there and we love it! In some of our more recent projects, we have used concrete in new ways to add visual interest and make a bold statement.

Concrete was used on both the exterior and interior of this custom home on Pine Lake. This wall leading from the entry to the living room became a focal point and a unique piece of art all on its own.

Concrete was used in a completely different way here as a focal point and a visual divider between the kitchen and living room.

Much more than a door.

We have to say, we love our clients new door! Such a masterpiece. unnamed

Shout out to Rob Robbins of Glass House International of Ferndale, WA  for a job well done.

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A little office makeover!

Our interior designers did an office swap here at MCD to give them a larger space to work in. This is the magnificent result:



Natural tones and a brand new paint job have created an area that is now comfortable for both designers to meet with clients about the interior of their dream home. There is also plenty of space now  to spread out and work on current projects. In the open closets, there is now lots of storage for samples and materials. An organized resource library helps designers to pull together their initial ideas without having to head out to the design center or a showroom as they have a great supply of things on hand. They also have boxes designated to each client to keep all of the selections organized and in one location. The new counter height slab is a great place to display material and concept boards for meetings. A nice contrast to the room are the chalkboard walls, who doesn’t like to write on the walls? There are now also places to clip up inspiration for current projects as well as a calendar to help them stay on track and meet deadlines.

The designers would like to thank Western Tile and Marble for generously donating the Carrara Marble slab, employees Ty, Charlie, Pete, and Zack at the office for helping with the construction portion of the redesign, and the bosses Roger and Nancy for letting them run wild with the design.

Read more at ElizabethGordonStudio.com.




Garage Doors that add Beauty to your Home’s Exterior

The Garage in this design was integrated in a way that it adds value to the appearence of the home instead of detracting attention away from it.

A completely different style home, yet the garage doors fit that style. Having glass windows allows natural light into the space as well.