A narrow, sloped lot with a corner entrance provides the starting point for the design of this 4800 SF home in the city of Medina, near Seattle. The house is arranged through the use of two volumes. The main volume is located towards the northern end of the site to maximize the size of the yard, and it contains the garage on the public end, and an open Kitchen, Dining, and Living spaces on the lower level. These spaces face a large private backyard space that receives southern and western sunlight all year round. The top-level contains the bedrooms.
A secondary volume crosses the site and separates the main entrance and parking area from the private backyard. It contains a study and a guest bedroom on the lower level, and an entertainment room on the upper level. To address the topography issues, both volumes are offset by a half-floor height, and the landscape in the private backyard is manipulated to create distinct spaces and terraces at different levels, to provide character to the backyard design, and to resolve the elevation changes resulting from the existing topography.