This four-bedroom home is on a one-acre parcel on the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish. Our clients wanted to create a home for their family conducive to a relaxed carefree lakeside lifestyle. Our client was drawn to images of other shingled homes we had designed in the Northwest. These homes and theirs are inspired by the summer “cottages” built along the eastern seaboard from the coast of Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and eastern Long Island that first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century.
With ties to New England, we have long been drawn to these uniquely American homes designed by such iconic architects as William Ralph Emerson, John Calvin Stevens, McKim, Mead, White and others. These homes are both inventive and expressive and always feel right for shoreside locations.
The central compositional focus for this home is the gable on both the east and west sides of the home. A sinuous curving stairway punctuates the entry and opens to the two-story library with its spiral stair and balcony. The entry also leads to the living room through an elliptical arch. Painted wood paneling and beamed ceilings add to the sense of heritage and timelessness. A covered porch off the living room provides protection from the strong western summer.
Architecture: Stuart Silk Architecture
Landscape Architecture: Land Morphology
Construction: Bender Custom Construction
Photography: John Granen