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dominated by a large granite-topped island, was designed to accommodate his requirement to be able to move around easily, as well as to accommodate party guests, who as he points out “always gather in the kitchen.” His use of the same light granite for counters throughout the house further reflects his simple, functional approach to design. He points out that flecks in the stone match the paint used on the steel posts and the open staircase that leads to the second floor. Nielsen says the colors for the steel and the walls match those of a snail he observed when visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands. Large glass doors lead from the great room to a covered deck, which looks across Japanese-inspired landscaping to the lake. Much like his approach to the design of the home itself, Nielsen provided his requirements to a landscape-design firm that drew up the plans. But in a change of heart, he purchased the plans and did the installation himself, with the help of his son, 50


friends and a rental Bobcat. Ironically, the owner of 60 feet of prime waterfront and a dock does not own a boat or particularly enjoy boating. A former competitive swimmer, and dedicated runner and cyclist, he’s spent time in pools training for triathlons, but Nielsen admits he finds little joy in swimming in the lake for recreation or refreshment. Upstairs, he identifies a space outside the master suite as “his favorite place” in the house, but says he doesn’t really know how else to label it. However, he does offer to look at the blueprints to see what Busch called it. The name aside, it features an impressive view to the south, with a glass door leading to a small deck. An adjacent room includes a steel spiral staircase, which is the only “relic” of the original house. It leads to a small turret, comprising an exercise/ reading room with the same spectacular views to the west and south. The master suite is a reminder that

Nielsen does not have a single curtain or shade on any of his home’s seemingly countless windows, offering further testament to his near-obsession with staying connected to the outdoors. Occasional early-morning visits by the University of Washington’s rowing teams or a view of a Kenmore Air seaplane landing on Lake Washington underscore the variety of activities that he can witness on this stretch of the 34 square-mile ribbon lake. The master bathroom is what he describes as his “favorite design in the house.” It is spacious, functional and – of course – includes priceless views of the lake from both the jetted tub and shower. Nielsen’s original requirements for his Holmes Point home were based largely on two simple principles: to be open toward the water and closed toward the neighboring homes. One visit to the house says that the mission was not only accomplished, but with memorable results.

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HARBORS Summer 2013  

Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine

HARBORS Summer 2013  

Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine

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