Waterfront Residence


Project description

Designed to provide the owners with a retreat that they could enjoy every day, the Waterfront Residence uses natural materials and Japanese influenced Northwest forms to create a warm and relaxing home. Immediately upon stepping down into the entry court the transition from suburban world to waterfront retreat begins. ... See more

Designed to provide the owners with a retreat that they could enjoy every day, the Waterfront Residence uses natural materials and Japanese influenced Northwest forms to create a warm and relaxing home. Immediately upon stepping down into the entry court the transition from suburban world to waterfront retreat begins. The view of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle from the two story entry improves with each step towards the great room. Stepping down into the living room the space and the view open completely. The great room spaces are warmed by a stacked stone see-through fireplace located in the window wall where it can be enjoyed at the same time as the view of the lake. A finely detailed stair leads from the entry to the bedrooms and private spaces located on the second story. The vaulted ceilings of the master suite open towards the lake letting natural light fill the spaces. The materials of the master bathroom pickup the tones of the lake and hills beyond while the glass tiles dance in light reflected off of the water. All of the forms and materials function together to create spaces of refuge and retreat.

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Project Q&A with the homeowner and pro

How big is the space?

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3,370 sq. ft.

What was your biggest challenge and/or biggest takeaway working on this project?

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This property is built in Kirkland which has restrictive height regulations and a small buildable footprint. We've done a lot of work in this zone so we're very familiar with the ins and outs and were able to deal with it creatively.

How long did this project take?

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Project Duration: 22-24 months Design & Permitting: 1 year Construction: 14-16 months

What renovations did you do?

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This home was built from the ground up. We decided to have the home built back a bit and created this garden with a path going through it to the front door. It creates this sense of entrance. Then you come through the entry, and as you step in the main part of the house suddenly the view opens up. It's created this progression of spaces.

Who was the contractor?

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Paulsen Construction Inc., based out of Issaquah, WA.

What was the homeowner's main goal or motivation for doing this project?

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The clients were looking for a house that had a spa/resort feel to it. They both worked in very intense jobs and didn't like the notion of taking a two week vacation once a year. Instead, they wanted a soothing and relaxing place to come home to every night. They want to use mostly natural materials and were looking for a slightly Japanese esthetic. They were looking for privacy and wanted their guests to have a series of little vignettes before they got to the big view of the water.

What's your favorite part of the new space?

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Understand what is important to you and distinguish between your wants and your needs. Clarifying both at the beginning is important because when you have to make a decision down the line, you know it's an informed and thought out decision.