Breathtaking courtyard house offers serene views over Lake Washington

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Designed for a family of five by DeForest Architects, this beautiful contemporary courtyard house is nestled along Lake Washington, Seattle. This is a dream home for the owners, who envisioned a lakefront property with sweeping views of Mount Rainier and indoor spaces that flowed outside. This home features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half bathrooms, in addition to a media and exercise room.

The entrance to this lakefront property is through a serene courtyard, which offers ample privacy. The design team removed most of the main floor structure, while opening the main living spaces out to expansive terraces, lush gardens and panoramic vistas. Suspended ceilings, expansive windows and lift-slide doors creates an indoor-outdoor connection and frames views of both the lake and mountains in the distance.

Project Team: Architect: DeForest Architects / Contractor: Prestige Residential Construction / Interior Design: NB Design Group / Landscape: Allworth Design / Structural: Harriott Smith Valentine Engineers

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On the street side of the home, the architects devised a series of screens to add visual interest to the exterior facade, while also providing privacy. A wall of wood siding offers the homeowners privacy at the street level, while a wall of glass opens the home out to the lushly landscaped courtyard. Deep roof overhangs helps to protect the windows and siding from the regions wet climate.

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What We Love: This contemporary courtyard house offers plenty of privacy where needed, natural light and fantastic views, a true dream home. The extensive use of glass provides a very modern yet warm feeling with the mix of wood, bringing the outdoors in. This home is elegant yet understated with clean lines and a beautiful display of materials—the design team has nailed all of the details to perfection! …Readers, please share your thoughts, would this be your idea of a dream home?

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Above: Marly limestone floors along with walnut flooring and stair treads helps to infuse warmth into the interior living spaces.

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Above: The kitchen features custom designed, stained white oak cabinetry and honed Colonial Gold granite countertops. A backsplash of glass tile (4×12 Glacier Glass Tiles—4×12, Color: Raw Silk-45) and inset glass doors in the upper cabinets adjacent to the integrated fridge, reflects light through the space.

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Above: Suspended at varying lengths above the entry hall is a series of 14.1 Single Pendant lights from Bocci, casting the channel glass aglow. On the upper level, a ribbon of channel glass is broken up by motorized horizontal window slats. A green roof covers the media room, powder bath and entry walkway below.

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Above: The master bedroom features a private balcony with dreamy views of Lake Washington and beyond to Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountain range.

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Above: The guest bathroom has its own private balcony and heavenly views.

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Above: The courtyard fence features channel glass that has been integrated between a series of staggered ipe panels.

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Above: During the evening hours, the glass panels are illuminated from within, creating a magnificent aesthetic from the street.

Photos: Benjamin Benschneider

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