Designer Spotlight | YS Built
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” If there’s one quote that summarizes the mission of YS Built, it’s this. When Yuval Sofer arrived in the United States in 2001, he was stunned to discover the lack of energy efficient and eco-sensitive housing options available. A former technology entrepreneur, he made it his mission to create modern, sustainable, custom homes for the everyday homebuyer – not just the super wealthy or ultra-activist.
Enter YS Built.
Sofer started the Seattle-based design-build firm in 2007, operating on the motto, “High design, low impact.” The firm works in a unique way by partnering with a host of top architects, designers, engineers and even future homeowners to develop homes from start to finish. With this approach, YS Built is able to access top of the line products at a discount and pass those savings on to the homeowners. Sofer shares, “Our goal was to bring high design and quite a high level of sustainability for normal people and make it a no-brainer.”
All YS Built homes meet or exceed sustainability standards, without sacrificing functionality or style. The green design, coupled with their low-maintenance materials and systems promote eco-friendly (and beautiful!) living. One look through these homes and we’re sure you’ll be considering relocating to the Pacific Northwest!
Let’s start with the Summit Park Residence, designed in collaboration with Stephenson Design Collective.
All Summit Park Residence Images: Andrew Pogue Photography
Imagine waking up to this view every morning...and we're not talking about the one outside the windows! Our eyes go straight to that gorgeous Pure White waterfall island in this YS Built spacious custom home.
If the unobstructed views of the Issaquah highlands aren’t enough to impress you, this open-concept design is also Built Green certified, which means it meets high quality standards in energy efficiency, indoor air quality, conserving natural resources and water quality.
This galley-style kitchen has no shortage of storage – an important feature of any family kitchen. The Pure White countertops throughout the space offer a beautiful contrast against the dark walnut veneer LEICHT cabinetry. A leader in modern design, YS Built is a proud supporter of LEICHT Seattle for its own commitment to ecological excellence.
Even the bathroom is spacious… Just look at the size of that tub! The off-white tone of the Blizzard vanity countertop adds a warmness that evades throughout the space and makes this bathroom even more dynamic.
And now, a look inside the Torres Residence, also designed in collaboration with Stephenson Design Collective…
All Torres Residence Images: Lara Swimmer Photography
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is especially true in this 2,400 square foot Seattle house – the design forgoes a traditional living room in favor of casually positioned seating in niches throughout the space, letting the Blizzard topped kitchen serve as the primary living area of the home. Now that’s a design after our own hearts!
The Torres residence can be described as minimalist, yet graphic and features a black, white and walnut color palette. To keep the space from feeling stale or cold, YS Built used a mixture of textures and materials, including walnut LEICHT cabinets, Caesarstone quartz, steel and glass.
Of course, no custom home would be complete without a spa-worthy master bathroom to accompany it! YS Built extends his use of Blizzard into the en suite vanity for a finish that is the epitome of ultra-modern cool.
Nothing warms our heart more than seeing Caesarstone quartz used by companies who share our passion and commitment to environmental sustainability. Like YS Built, we make it our mission at Caesarstone to do our part in protecting the environment. Just meeting current industry standards isn’t enough – we’re always trying to exceed them and push our industry to adopt more sustainable practices.
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