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View Ridge Residence

Location: Seattle, WA

Size: 3,417 SF

Cost: $230/SF

Completed: 2007

Photography: William Wright

The View Ridge House is a speculative residence above Sandpoint in Seattle designed and built in collaboration with a local builder.

Construction was completed in May 2007 and the house sold in five days. The VR House is raised above an existing concrete foundation to take advantage of Lake Washington views, but it was important that the scale of the house fit into its neighborhood.

The house’s form is broken into two gabled volumes linked by a central stair. The central atrium floods the interior with day light and is the focus of the open spaces of the house. Exterior rain-screen fiber cement panels and board and batten siding further reduce the apparent volume of the house. Front and rear decks and trellises encourage the use of the land around the house.

The 3,400 s.f. house was designed by Rhodes Architecture + Light with PAO Engineering, LightWire, Lighting Design, and was built by Summit Development LLC.

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