This 3300 SF Seattle residence is built on an irregularly shaped, sloping site with an outstanding scenic view, overlooking Lake Washington with diagonal views of Mt. Baker to the northeast and Mt. Rainier to the southeast.
In addition to the typical program for a three bedroom house, the owner requested a semi-detached guest suite and studio as well as a tall, covered ‘veranda’ that would allow for protected outdoor living without blocking natural light from entering the house.
The resulting, design by Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects, is ‘anchored’ to its sloping site at the northwest corner by a cast-in-place concrete garage. The guest suite/studio sets atop the garage and cantilevers from it to create a covered path to the entry. The studio is accessed from the main house by way of a deck at the garage roof to provide additional privacy. The three story volume of the main house occupies the southeast corner of the site and houses an open living/dining/kitchen space on the main floor, the master bedroom suite and study above, and children's bedrooms and play area below. The full height of the southeast corner is carved away and replaced with a deck at the main level. This deck is suspended from a three-story steel bracket that also supports the roof above. The main and upper floors open out to this covered space by way of four sets of sliding glass doors to provide a sense of living outside and in the trees.