Internally the home is conventionally laid out: living areas are located on the ground level, a media room and children's bedrooms are found on the second level, and the upper level features a large master suite.
The house is designed using standard building modules to keep costs and material waste to a minimum. Constructed of simple wood-framed rectangular forms, the design required no special construction methods or seismic bracing. To address the scale issue, the design reads as a series of intersecting stacked rectangles that are offset to one another, decreasing the sense of mass of the house. The scale of the house is also lessened by recessing the garage entry on the ground floor and recessing the master deck at the upper level. The building is sheathed with inexpensive but durable fiber cement panels, accented with wood screens. The wood screen panels are located in concert with window openings, resulting in the illusion of a more complex composition.
This residence is a speculative re-development and expansion of an existing home in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. With land and development costs high in Seattle, the developer client required the design to take full advantage of the allowable zoning envelope, thus maximizing his possible return on investment. The resulting larger scale of such a new residence frequently clashes with the existing smaller scale of the older, neighboring residences. Our goal with this design was to attempt to be a good neighbor to the smaller, older homes on the street, while also meeting the requirements of the developer.