Project Description

A substantial home located on the shores of Lake Washington in the Washington Park neighborhood of Seattle


In Seattle, building on the waterfront is often a complicated process and this project was no exception. Before even putting pen to paper to start the design process, we went through a series of negotiations with the City to be able to construct a new home in the location of the old home that existed on the site. After getting the green light from the City, we began the design of this 8000 square foot residence. The main house is split into four levels: a daylight basement, main level, upper level and a loft. A detached garage also houses a guest suite above it.

Traditional design and materials define this home: wood siding and windows, natural stone fireplaces, tile, slabs of stone, and paving are used to give this home an elegant and timeless feel. But under this traditional detailing is high-tech wiring for data and communications, a fire sprinkler system, a backup generator and other technology to keep this house functioning long into this century.

Project Info & Tips

  • A house on the lake has two front facades. The rear of the house is often more visible than the front of house. Paying attention to how both facades look will maximize the value of the house
  • We always pay attention to how to maximize the connection of a house to the landscape.  By designing the main level and basement to be half a story away from the back yard level, we were able to connect spaces on both levels tothe garden and Lake Washington beyond.  This allows for entertaining spaces on the main level, and family spaces on the lower level (including a bathroom) to be directly connected to the exterior
  • This property had a very distinct diagonal view across the lake. We took advantage of this by locating the master suite and family room in the corner of the house and extended it beyond main bulk of the house. At the master suite, we incorporated corner windows in a bay that projects beyond the gable roof line to further capitalize on these views
  • Level of Design Services: Full Services
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