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Waterfront property in Seattle provides a home to three generations

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This contemporary waterfront property was designed by DeForest Architects in collaboration with NB Design Group, located along Union Bay in Seattle, Washington. There are three generations under one roof: the parents, their three kids and one of the parents mother’s. The original house was a childhood home of one of the homeowner’s. This home had been added onto over the years, but had never taken full advantage of it’s waterside views. It was a difficult decision, but in order to maximize views and meet their lifestyle needs, the home needed to be given a fresh new start.

The architects preserved special trees on this waterfront property, along with a teahouse at the end of the dock. A brand new layout offers both a practical family home and an elegant oasis of space and light. In total, this two-story residence offers 6,000 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms and five full bathrooms with two half bathrooms. Above: A pivoting front door is composed of Cor-Ten steel, as is some of the exterior cladding. The wood siding is stained cedar.

Project Team: Architect: DeForest Architects / Construction: Lockhart Suver Construction / Interior Design: NB Design Group / Structural: Evergreen Design Company / Landscape: Allworth Design

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One wing of the house embraces togetherness in the form of a spacious kitchen, family room, and breakfast bay overlooking the water. Utilitarian spaces such as the laundry room face the street. The other wing is all about retreat—a cozy den, luxurious master bath, and tranquil master bedroom. Between these two volumes is a series of lofty open spaces for indoor and outdoor entertaining. On the second level is the bedrooms and bathrooms for the kids and their grandmother.

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What We Love: This impressive waterfront property is spacious, open, light, elegant and still warm and cozy. The indoor-outdoor connection is superb, with magnificent views to the lake. Overall this home integrates so beautifully into the beautiful natural surroundings… Readers, please share your thoughts on the design of this home in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other popular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of DeForest Architects: Exquisite nature-inspired modern retreat in Oregon’s high desert and Postwar split-level remodel in Seattle: Zipper House.

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Above: The project team selected a carefully edited materials palette, connecting the house to the landscape. The flooring is a custom stained rift cut white oak. The light fixture above the dining table is the Branching Bubble Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman. Further creating an indoor-outdoor connection, lift-slide doors open and pocket into the walls. From this perspective, you can see the dock and the teahouse, which holds many special memories for the homeowner.

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Above: Expansive brushed acrylic sliding panels delineates the master bedroom suite from the great room to allow for privacy without blocking out natural light.

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Above: The staircase features tapered steel stringers and cantilevered translucent acrylic panels.

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Above: The kitchen cabinets are custom-stained rift cut white oak, while the countertops and backsplash are a quartz composite by Pental. 

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Above: A brushed acrylic sliding panel separates the kitchen and great room.

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Above: The wall sconce in the powder bathroom is “Trapeze 2” from Apparatus Studio.

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Above: The floors are rift-cut and quartered white oak while the accent wall behind the bed is teak. 

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Above: The master bedroom overlooks a small private terrace and beyond to the lake.

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Above: From this perspective, you can see the white marble shower. A slatted wood screen outside lends privacy to the master bathroom from the adjacent property. There is also a recessed roller blind at the top of the window to provide additional privacy and shade.

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Above: The freestanding tub is from MTI Bath. Overhead, the light fixture is the Moooi Raimond. Behind the tub is an accent wall of teak paneling. The flooring is Deco-Pour, a half-inch-thick topping similar to terrazzo. A wall of glass frames views of the lake and helps bathe the space with natural light.

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Photos: Benjamin Benschneider Photography

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