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The reHOME Project: Innovation for Social and Environmental Good

Architect Matthew Coates’ award-winning “ReHOME: Resilience & Regeneration” project takes on two pressing social and environmental issues:  the lack of affordable housing in cities throughout the United States, and the vast amount of waste produced during construction and demolition. This project won the prestigious 2022 AIA Seattle’s Award of Merit in “Research & Innovation” owing […]

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Color in Interior Design

Using color in interior design can affect both the look of a home and also its emotional climate. Learn what modern home interior colors say about your space.

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Passive Solar Design

Passive solar design is a wholesome way to make your home more energy efficient, using the light and energy from the sun to keep the house warm and cool.

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Sustainable Building Practices

Learn more about our partnerships with those who are innovating sustainable materials for buildings and are at the forefront of sustainable construction practices.

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Energy-Efficient Design and the Home of Your Dreams

At Coates Design, our responsible design philosophy is simple: We believe that better design leads to better quality of life. The projects we undertake vary, but the overarching goal is always to bring our expertise in sustainability to all that we do, while never compromising our attention to great design. Our projects look beautiful and […]

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The Simple Charm of Minimalist House Design

Minimalist home design is an often-misunderstood design philosophy. It’s common to lump it in with modern design, and while the two do share similarities, they are distinct styles. There is also a popular misconception that minimalist design must be cold, uninviting, and unforgivingly practical. While simplicity and functionality are elements of a minimalist aesthetic, when […]

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modern kitchen design with long rectangular island and open format leading to living room with large windows

Modern Kitchens: Of Form and Function

From layout to function to sustainability, creating a modern-style kitchen is an exercise in intentional design. At Coates Design, our customized, client-focused process can help bring your modern kitchen ideas to life!

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Coates Design Architects is seeking a project architect, designer / architectural associate, and interior designer to join a collaborative, award-winning firm located on Bainbridge Island. We are looking for enthusiastic self-starters, with an eye for modern design and a willingness to learn. Our current projects include healthcare facilities, education projects, government facilities and custom residential homes. PROJECT […]

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2021 Home Design Trends by Ryan Castillo at Redfin

With the whirlwind year that was 2021, many changes have been made in the ways we live our lives. And one place that we’ve seen those changes happen is within the home. From turning spare bedrooms into multipurpose rooms to bringing in natural elements like plants into our spaces, 2021 has brought many unique design […]

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Join Our Team!

Join Our Team! Now Hiring Project Architects, Designers, and Interior Designers

Coates Design is seeking to hire Project Architects and Designers. To apply, please email with a cover letter, resume, and portfolio.

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3D rendering of reHOME Morales Farm project

reHOME: History of the Morales Farm – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Coates Design would like to highlight some of the history of the Morales Farm, where we are currently designing three houses for farm interns as part of reHOME’s first project. It is our goal to build these houses out of 100% recycled and reclaimed materials […]

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Coates Design 2020 Bridge Competition

Coates Design: Architecture + Interiors, and… bridges?

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Remodeled fire station in Burbank with modern brick exterior

Yelm Fire Station Watercolors

Coates Design was hired by the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority to design a remodel for several facilities.

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Staying Connected Through Zoom

Coates Design is fortunate enough to function at full capacity during quarantine, but that doesn’t mean it has come without some bumps in the road.

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