Aaron Leitz

On the Eastern shore of Seattle’s Lake Washington, local architecture firm Olson Kundig redesigned a dated rancher in Hunts Point, Wash., as an open, view-oriented home that allows the lush site’s greenery and sunlight to fill its interior spaces.

The new plan, constructed by Mercer Builders, is configured around a central gallery spine fitted with a series of paired skylights that draw natural light into the core of the house. Along its living spaces, thin steel framework replaced heavy, articulated log and timber columns and beams to visually and physically open the space. Light wood floors warm the minimalist palette of white walls and steel accents to create a clean backdrop for the young family’s modern furnishings and art collection.

Large glass doors and walls of operable windows throughout the 3,500-square-foot home offer views to the lake and native gardens.

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