Architect Nils Finne showcases crafted modernism in a house with spectacular water and mountain views.

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ON ONE HAND, architect Nils Finne embraces state-of-the-art design machinery like super-sophisticated CNC routers and extra-large industrial water-jet cutters.

On the other hand … well, the other hand is kinda busy sketching those designs, thank you very much, with a good old inkbrush, on good old paper.

In one giant design high-five, it all comes together: “The human hand drives the machine,” says the namesake of FINNE Architects — and crafted modernism results.

“Technology allows us to bring a level of craft to the design of the home that is unheard of,” Finne says.

“Everyone loves the idea of the crafted touch; that’s why we love old homes: Someone 100 years ago really cared. Now we bring crafted materials in a reasonable way, particularly to modern homes.”

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It’s a lovely concept.

In Finne’s skilled hands, it’s an awesome reality.

Take “The Elliott Bay House,” for example: 3,500 square feet of light, air and sanctuary in the sweeping, almost floating, form of sustainable design that showcases jaw-dropping water and mountain views; dramatically adapted natural Northwest materials; and wow-worthy, touchable, true craftsmanship at every turn.

“Crafted modernism brings back the idea you can use natural materials and machine them to suggest natural patterns,” Finne says.

Truly, it’s a concept better experienced than explained. Just look. You will want to touch. But, for now … just look.