The Burke Gilman House

A Design Collaboration with Stettler Design

Located near Seattle's Burke-Gilman Trail, this project is a design for a new house for an active Seattle couple. The design takes advantage of the width of a double lot and views of the lake, city, and mountains toward the southwest. Primary living and sleeping areas are located on the ground floor, allowing the owners to stay in the house as their mobility decreases. The upper level is loft-like, and has space for guests and an office.

The building form is high and open at the front, and steps down toward the back, making the backyard a quiet, private space. An angular roof form specifically responds to the interior space, while subtly referencing the conventional gable forms of neighboring houses.  

This design was featured in Dwell magazine.

View of house from garden

Southeast facing facade from street

Loft study area looking out over Burke Gilman trail greenbelt

View from the backyard showing the private courtyard space defined by the glass great room and the detached garge

Front door and porch, clad in clear cedar siding

The house perches above the street, and opens up to the southeastern view and adjacent garden

The upper level office has wrap around bookshelves

Bamboo stair treads lead to the southern garden

Stairs to the basement

The windows are custom painted wood with tilt/turn operations

The lower level office has wrap around windows overlooking the garden, street, and view of the lake and mountains beyond

The northwest side of the house has a random composition of windows punched in the metal siding to relate to the neighboring house

Instead of an enclosed pantry, we designed shelving in the stairway to the lower level near the kitchen to house food and kitchen items

The house is clad in metal siding with clear cedar paneling and red painted windows

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