Project Description

This large new home captures 180° views of Lake Washington as well as accommodating the potential for aging in-place


This 5,500 square foot (including attached garage) developer home was designed for a neighborhood which has seen a number of large houses built recently. We were tasked with delivering a tasteful design which would be a cut above some of the developer homes sprouting up nearby.

In order to best capture views of Lake Washington, we designed a “reverse plan” home with a large open kitchen, dining, and living spaces all together on the top floor, as well as a generous master suite. The middle level accommodated children’s and guest rooms, as well as a large family room and an office close to the entry. Most of the bottom level was taken up by the large garage, which accommodates 5 cars, as well as one extra-long bay to allow for storing a boat or trailer. Also on the lowest level is an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) with its own exterior access.

Much of west side of this home supports a large roof deck with wonderful 180° views of Lake Washington. There are also large covered exterior decks on the south sides of the middle and upper levels to allow interior-exterior living year-round.

This home includes an elevator to allow for the owners the opportunity to age in-place. Having the living and master suite spaces (along with the views!) all together on one floor reduces the need to use the stairs somewhat, but having an elevator in the house provides the most flexible solution going forward. It also makes carting groceries from your car to the kitchen much more convenient, regardless of the owners abilities.

Project Info & Tips

  • A large garage is only useful if it is designed to the right dimensions. 32 ft is about the minimum possible width to park three cars (across). 36 ft is about the minimum depth to park two cars in tandem
  • The extra-long bay in this house’s garage was around 41 ft deep, opening up the potential of a truck+ trailer (or small boat) being stored there
  • Many jurisdictions allow an ADU of up to 1000 SF in addition to the primary residence on a lot, but there are usually specific guidelines to follow to make sure the space qualifies as an ADU
  • Roof decks are great for accessing views, but can leak if not built right. See our article on roof decks for more tips
  • Level of Design Services: Permit set plus
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