Anacortes Residence

This project needed to respond to the steep, rocky slope of the site, the adjacent forest, and the panoramic views available of Guemes Island and the distant Cascade Mountains. In response to these parameters, the building faces the water on one side and the forest on the other, while the layout of the building follows the topography of the land.

The main floor consists of two opposing wings, each with a cantilever enclosed in glass, exposing the specific views. The house consists of glulam beams and a simple shed roof. The kitchen, living and dining spaces spill out on to an outdoor terrace, extending living space outdoors.

On the water side, the tall windows and deep overhangs allow for plenty of indirect light into the spaces living. On the hill side, the clerestory windows and slope of the roof allow the southern sun to penetrate the space even on rainy, Northwest days.


Kirkland Lakefront

This new home is designed to take advantage of the beautiful low bank site.

A raised covered terrace on the lake side provides a delightful connection to the lake and a wonderful extension of the house. A large outdoor fireplace and kitchen complete a romantic notion for this terrace. Another terrace to the east provides a more protected and intimate outdoor spaces for use in less ideal weather.

The home has a main floor for entraining and living. Bedrooms are above and a basement is below. The glassy facade helps bring in plenty of light and provide views to the water.


Carmel Residence


With sweeping views of the grasslands, distant mountains and ocean near Carmel, this Santa Lucia Preserve home is organized as a relaxed group of buildings around a courtyard and a large oak tree.

Landscaping weaves in and around the structures. A main pavilion contains the living room, dining, and kitchen, while the master bedroom and bathroom occupy a smaller building at the end of the courtyard. Guest bedrooms occupy a separate pavilion which cants over a natural grassland swale. From this grouping, a long corridor runs south to the main entry, powder room, study, and garage.

The home features pitched roofs, thick stucco walls, and a limited number of penetrations. Exposed steel trusses evoke the barns and industrial buildings of an earlier era. Extended stone terraces create shaded exterior spaces for seasonal use.


Edmonds View Residence

Edmonds WA

Set within a wooded lot overlooking Puget Sound this new home features a great room with views to the water and access to a sheltered terrace to the east. A master bedroom suite also captures the views to the sound. A gradual slope blends the west terrace with the landscape. The recreation level below uses the existing slope to also take advantage of the views to the sound.


Ames Lake Residence

This residence integrates perfectly with the views and contours of a beloved wooded area, and overlooks a small lake. At the owner's request, the house uses a single-floor layout. Extended canopied-terrace designs and large open-roofed elements separated by glass passageways blend the interior of the home with the landscape. Hand-laid stone walls extend from the house into the landscape to compliment the projections of the large overhangs and canopy extensions. The strong horizontal sense also compliments the surroundings.

The great room is organized around a large stone fireplace, with light flooding the room from clerestories above. The west exterior terrace features an outdoor fireplace, and an overhead canopy and heating elements allow the residents to enjoy three-season outdoor relaxation. The musical gurgle of a small pond nearby adds to the ambience.

The southwest terrace features a swimming pool and is connected to a pool house with its own private terrace, small kitchen, and two bedrooms, to perfectly accommodate extended visits from friends and family.


Flathead Lake Residence

Flathead Lake, Montana

An existing cabin built in the 1940s of flat stacked wood is being incorporated into a larger permanent home on Flathead Lake. The stacked wood walls will become the organizing element of the living spaces and will be exposed on the interior for their interest and warmth. Additions to the north and south create new bedrooms and bathrooms. A new bay window addition picks up on the angle of the existing stone fireplace and provides for nice views south down the lake. A large shed roof will cover the building allowing eastern light into the home and nice views uphill into the forest. A two story garage uphill of the home provides for storage, parking, and a workspace.


Orcas Island Retreat

The aesthetic appeal of a large rock outcropping overlooking Puget Sound serves as the focal point for the design of this island home. The kitchen, dining room and living room, enclosed in a glass-walled pavilion, abut the rock terrace. An outdoor fireplace compliments the outcropping's natural beauty. The house bridges a small ravine to connect to a bedroom pavilion, which overlooks a private cove. The bridge contains the owner's study and provides well-lit cover for the front entry. The three gabled pavilions fit serenely on the dramatic shoreline and help to define the surrounding outdoor spaces, at the same time providing a strong sense of shelter for activities within the home.


Lakeside Cabana

We designed a small cabana and boat house for owners of a waterfront lot, to give them increased enjoyment of their pool and lake shore. The cabana is linear and buried into the hill accenting the slope of the lot. It contains a bathroom, a kitchenette and a relaxing area which opens directly to a terrace and volley ball lawn. A future boathouse will be a glassy cantilevered object on the shoreline.


Yarrow Point Residence

The strong lines and simple gable forms of an existing farm building on the site inform the aesthetics of this waterfront home. Durable materials such as board and batten siding, brick chimneys and metal roofing emphasize the home’s motifs of simplicity and graceful strength.

The home integrates seamlessly into its waterfront site by a series of terraces and canopy roofs. Visitors experience this by traveling an entry path that creates a sequence of spaces, beginning from the garages, cascading down to the entry vestibule, and then moving alongside the main living areas down to the lakefront dock. Rooms in the home eddy off this main path. The final result is a grounded home of strong character that embraces the land, the lake, and the views.


Mondrian House

Mondrian House

This home, originally designed by James Chiarelli in the late 1940s, expresses an appreciation for the painter Mondrian. A recent remodel and expansion of the small house upholds the Mondrian style. The original shed roof extends to shelter a new master bedroom. A portion of the roof pitches up to provide a broad view to the secluded back yard. The new, larger kitchen cabinets were laid out in an asymmetric design and stained in soft northwest color.

As Susan Boyle of Docomomo explains, "the new design work acknowledges Chiarelli's original vision and complements it with a contemporary kitchen and master bedroom/bathroom addition." The current house demonstrates how contemporary life can be accommodated within a historic Modern dwelling while preserving its essential character and originality.


Redondo Beach Home

This modern, classic home overlooks Puget Sound from a low bank lot, and takes full advantage of the views and proximity to the shore. Cedar siding, wood windows and warm materials throughout create an inviting look for this light-filled house.

The large, main-level dining room and kitchen can comfortably handle intimate or large gatherings. The dining room becomes even more spacious with sliding doors that open onto a terrace with an outdoor kitchen and a glass canopy that keeps guests dry in inclement weather.

The basement features a large rec-room and a small theater, with direct access to a terrace and the waterfront lawn.

The entry facade features a formal concrete garage face and lighter wood-framed bedrooms to one side, with the tall living areas to the left. The main stairway occupies the light-filled transition area between.


Ballard Bungalow

Built on a narrow, undeveloped city lot, this bungalow's design provides functional comfort for a family with two active boys. The plan utilized an existing garage at street level, breaking into a new basement from the back. The living level utilizes the top of this garage as an extended outdoor terrace on the street side. Major construction materials for the bungalow included concrete, wood, glass, steel, and gypsum.

The four-level bungalow includes:

  • A master bedroom, with a centrally-located bay window overlooking the street

  • A craft and hobby room located in the attic, with windows on the east and west as well as operable skylights that ensure the room stays cool in the summer

  • A home office with side access door and stairs

  • A terrace on the east side of the house extends the large, main floor living area out to a more private back terrace and yard