Originally built in the 1970’s on the north end of Mercer Island with sweeping views of Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic Mountains, this home needed a number of significant functional, as well as systems changes to meet our client’s expectations. Originally designed by an engineer who built office buildings, the house had an impersonal commercial feel and very little connection to the outside.
Our concept was to re-organize the house starting with the central living spaces and as the process progressed, every room in this 11,000 square foot home was reconfigured. We began by carving out a new living room and formal dining room. To do this we redesigned the main stairs and in the process they became a very spectacular floating sculpture in their own right. Expansive floor to ceiling windows were added to take advantage of the panoramic views. In the informal part of the home, we re-imagined the kitchen, family room and breakfast nook to take advantage of the panoramic views to the west and north. Our interior design team worked with our clients to select all furnishings and finishes.
The interior went through a large transformation as rooms were realigned with current needs of the owner. The master suite was enlarged with a new bathroom and a large skylight over the tub to flood the previously dark space with light. Interior finishes, lighting, and updated plumbing turned into well-appointed rooms that are refreshingly comfortable and light-filled.
A number of changes were made to the exterior of the house including a number of steel details to enrich the home’s architectural expression and to visually organize the façades.
Interior Design: Stuart Silk Architect Interiors Team Landscape Architecture: AHBL, Richard Hartlage Construction: Schuchart Dow Photography: Alex Hayden