Landscape and architecture combine to enhance the active and social lifestyle of a family at this Lake Washington residence. Uphill of the house, shore pine, wax myrtle, strawberry bush, and salal create a transition from public street to auto court (which doubles as play space for the children). From here, light and space flow through the central living area of the house creating strong connections between the upper and lower site. Groves of osakazuki Japanese maple east and west of the residence further strengthen this relationship. Property edges are buffered by architectural walls and plantings in this densely built waterfront neighborhood near Seattle.

Below the residence, paved terraces provide room for outdoor cooking and dining. Other features include a wood surround hot tub, horseshoe pit, and lake edge fire pit. Swaths of ornamental grasses including maiden grass, feather reed grass and fountain grass catch the late day light and lake breezes.

Architecture: SKB Architects
Photography: John Granen