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Hillside Residence

Lake Forest Park, WA

This project is situated on a west-facing hillside in Lake Forest Park. The site offers good solar exposure to the south and west and views to the Olympic Mountains. The design program was to create a compact house for a couple with two college aged children and provisions for a home office. We placed the house at the highest location on the site possible to take maximum advantage of views while preserving a beautiful existing lawn and garden area below for outdoor use. The plan stretches out from north to south permitting westerly views for all spaces. The living spaces are located at the south end of the main floor where they can access a private south facing patio as well as enjoy some solar gain in the cooler months. Planning for rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, PV panels and energy efficient construction will be integrated into the project.