Kundig / Hissong House

HDG Architecture created a new design for an original Moritz Kundig home on the South Hill in Spokane, Washington leaving no detail overlooked in the reverent update.

  • area / size 2,400 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Type House,
  • Josh Hissong bought the house in 2018 in pretty rough shape. The lines were amazing and the way home sat within the site was perfect. Josh and his co-workers took the time to open up the living spaces and made the indoor-outdoor connection a big part of the home’s appeal. Keeping to all the original lines of the house, HDG’s entire staff ensured that the feeling Mr. Kundig had attained all those years ago was once again felt throughout the entire home.

    Moritz Kundig, one of Josh’s favorite architects, once said to him that there is an honesty to the mid-century style that has long since disappeared. “Honesty in the materials you use, honesty in how a home should interact with the site and environment, and there should be a purpose behind everything”. (Moritz Kundig, Co-Founder of NAC Architecture and father of modern-day, great Tom Kundig with Olson+Kundig).

    Crisp whites and deep wood tones were utilized to better allow the lines of the house to do what they were originally intended to do. A 17′ bright white Silestone clad island separates the living, kitchen, and lounge area while doubling as a seating area for up to 16 people. Josh incorporated an amazing LVP throughout the main floor for durability and look. He kept the majority of the original lighting, chose an Eichler Color from the 1950s (Benjamin Moore, Deep Space) for the exterior of the house, coupled with ultra-bright white soffits and ceilings. There was also a new 2,500 SF 3.5″ cedar deck added around the home to pay homage to the siding of choice for this era.

    Another major improvement done on the home was the landscaping. Blend Outdoor Design of Spokane assisted in both the design and build of the entire property, which includes modern features such as lighting, irrigation, and over 40 different species of plants and grasses, as well as a 4′ x 50′ solid steel retaining wall that slides into a massive rock that was immovable due to its size. The rock was cut from end to end creating a 3” deep sliver in which the steel could rest. Considering the site had never had irrigation or real landscaping, the improvement was massive. Blend’s work transformed the house into one that not only catches the eye but also causes people to slam on their brakes in order to stop and admire it.

    Design: HDG Architecture
    Photography: Benjamin Rasmussen