Welcome to our gallery showcasing the spectacular Lakeside Residence, a home designed by Castanes Architects.
This three story home rests on the western shore of Lake Washington, enjoying expansive views of the lake and nearby Bellevue skyline.
This project is a real dream home, outfitted with a bevy of aesthetic and functional flourishes that raise it far above any peers.
The newly constructed residence nods toward its locational predecessor with a design that melds traditional and contemporary style. The structure focuses attention toward the lake and immaculately landscape gardens with a set of massive windows, glass doors, and large decks.
This means that the lake side of the home is almost completely open, visually. The expanses of glass allow for natural vistas from any floor of the home, while the balconies and doors allow for fresh air and direct interaction with the outdoors.
A unique feature of the home is a rainwater channel that directs flow into a 6 inch steel pipe, where it waterfalls onto a trellis, then becomes a creek running along the garden. This whole process ends in an underground water cistern for naturally sourced irrigation.
This feature is indicative of the overall focus on sustainability for the home, which also boasts a sophisticated radiant hot water system for heating. This consumes less energy than standard heaters and helps emphasize a close healthy relationship with the environment.
One of the remaining aspects of the previous home on this lot was kept and repurposed. Copper shingles have now become part of the new structure’s angular roof.
Along with its focus on sustainability and openness, the home flaunts an elegant open floor plan that connects all of the important spaces on each floor.
We hope you find this home as intriguing and attractive as we do!
Photography: Aaron Leitz
Viewed from the richly landscaped back yard, we see the towering structure covered in glass on this side. The warm interplay of light and fresh air helps connect the interior to the environment.
Standing on the far end of the dock, hovering over Lake Washington, we can appreciate the expert balance achieved between sharp edged modernism and a lush environmental sense.
From inside the home on every floor, panoramic views of the lake and surrounding environment are available. Decks hang on every level for direct outdoors experience.
The living room is flush with traditional materials that create a counterpoint to the modern styling of the structure. Rich hardwood flooring and a rustic industrial coffee table anchor the look.
Here’s one of several sets of folding glass doors that can be retracted to essentially blur the line between indoors and out. Through the large opening, nature looms into view.
The dining room centers a large all-wood rustic styled table over a patterned area rug, surrounded by sleekly modern white chairs. Above, a rectangular chandelier hangs from one of the exposed ceiling beams.
From the dining room, we can see across the expansive open design into the living room, flush with leather club chairs and a full height built-in bookshelf set.
The living room itself is dominated by a massive fireplace at left, accessible from both sides and wrapped in grey concrete. A bold colorful painting breaks up the neutral color palette.
Pulling back the view a bit, we can see across the fluid open floor plan into the hall at left and the dining room at center. Throughout, the massive glass panes expand the sense of scale and provide spectacular views.
Here’s a detailed view of the free standing fireplace wall, which provides access on both sides and acts as a room divider within the large open space.
At night, with the abundance of subtle interior lighting turned on, we can see the bright shelving and storage components worked into nearly every open space, an equally aesthetic and functional component of the design.
The home has repurposed an old vault into a bespoke wine cellar with in-room dining table made of white marble. Personalized details like this truly set the home apart.
Here we reveal the incredible wood and steel staircase that connects the entire home. At center is a small sitting area comprised of steel and glass sculpted into a bench setting.
At ground level, we can see the waterfall feature that’s fed by rainwater collected on the structure. This in turn leads to an underground cistern for a natural water supply.
The landscape is immaculately designed, with tiers of stone brick separating layers of lawn, garden, and patio. The lighting design outdoors is as purposeful as the indoor component.
Here’s the street side view of the home, far more private and unassuming than the vast and open back side. Smaller windows provide useful views toward the approach without losing privacy.
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