Story by Allen Cox
When a family who recently built their home in Woodinville was searching for just the right property, they had some very basic needs in mind. They wanted to shorten the commute to spend more time together and create a home that suits their lifestyle. Dad works long and at times odd hours and requires a quiet place to rest. Mom loves to entertain and needs the space to do it. The kids need a stimulating environment to grow and thrive.
Their search led them to 5-plus acres of undeveloped land in Woodinville. It’s situated close enough to a neighborhood so the children aren’t isolated, yet has enough land, mostly wooded, to offer more privacy than the family ever imagined.
One challenge: Dad and Mom (who asked that their names not be used) don’t share the same aesthetics when it comes to home design. She favors clean, modern lines — the more modern the better. He prefers a more traditional look. So a compromise was in order. With the help of architect Jeffrey deRoulet of Architects Northwest, a premier custom home builder, Robert Egge, and the interior design pros at Shuffle Interiors, the resulting home blends the best of both his and her tastes: A spacious, livable home with a Northwest contemporary vibe.
Throughout the home, choices of soft, restful colors and clean, uncluttered décor balances well with the abundant natural light that flows into the house even on the gloomiest Northwest days. The main floor expresses an open living concept with the great room, kitchen and dining area. The covered patio, with its loungy furniture and outdoor fireplace and kitchen, is a perfect spot to curl up with a book and defy rainy afternoons. A child library crowns the top of the house, accessible via a spiral staircase from the second floor landing. Besides the master bedroom, the second floor includes separate ensuite rooms for each of the kids. A main floor custom man cave is sound resistant, allowing dad his much needed daytime rest.