Main Street House
Architects & Firms
Site size: 5,185 sq. ft.
Project size: 2,332 sq. ft.
Program: The owners wanted a compact single-family home on a sloping site that would afford views of the natural surroundings, including Lake Washington and Mount Rainier.
Location: Seattle's Leschi neighborhood
Solution: The architects arranged three floors around a central stacked stair, roughly parallel to the 20-foot slope of the site, and partially buried the lower master suite in the hillside. An extended roof shields the kitchen and dining areas on the main level from the sun, while recessed porches protect entrances from rain. The upper level contains two offices with striking vistas of the treetops and a park.
Construction and materials: The wood-framed structure is clad in horizontal, corrugated steel panels. The house incorporates passive solar and ventilation systems, including a high-efficiency boiler with a rooftop solar-thermal system that preheats water, a heat-recovery ventilation system, and a rainwater retention tank. The architects salvaged wood from the site's original house for stairs and benches. Other wood comes from evergreen Douglas fir trees, common in the area.
SHED Architecture & Design
1401 S Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98144
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