Bellevue, Washington
Builder: Hamish Anderson Custom Homes

    The “Stone House on Lake Washington” is a project that sits above Lake Washington near Seattle on a low bank waterfront site at the end of a winding hillside drive. The house faces a sunken auto court at the front and the lake to the southwest, and has a panoramic view out to Mercer Island, Seattle, and the Olympic peaks beyond.

    From the beginning, the owners’ wanted to give the house a feeling of old world quality with European roots. The tall stone gables, chimneys and terraces recall grand residential architecture of the British Isles and coastal Normandy. At the same time, the house was to built to provide for informal family life and relaxed entertaining, inside and out. At the lakeshore, a large portion of the existing rockery was removed to create a gravel beach cove to allow for Salmon spawning and native plants, and allow better access to the water.

    Landscape elements like the low stone wall done in the same thin stone veneer, along the driveway and dry-laid stone landscape walls near the lake further “root” the house to the landscape, creating a unified design.