A Box of Tinder in University Place

Last March, this all was an empty lot. The owner’s home at 1648 Vassar had been destroyed by an electrical fire. Given a budget restricted by the insurance company’s payout, Scott Strasser and Dave Guthrie thought they’d build a replacement clad in untreated cedar.


Construction on the 1,700-sq.-ft. project began last March; Strasser says he plans to be done by February. A carport with a rusted-steel roof and a bright-orange steel spiral staircase still have to go in. Strasser describes the Shaker-like house in University Place as a “reaction against the white modern box,” saying it’s what the “quaint and cozy neighborhood” in the area straddling U.S. 59 seemed to be asking for. More details and more photos to come.

Photos: Allyn West

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