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vassos m. demetriou, the architect of this home perched on a finger of land pointing into lake washington, is decidedly old school.
When he has an
idea for a home, he reaches for pencil and paper and starts sketching; no computer for him, thank you very much. “There is a connection between sketching and imagining,” he says. So after he had walked this site and questioned the owners at length about their wants and needs, he began to draw. He had a simple idea. “I wanted to bring the water right up and into the house,” he recalls. He drew a sequence of spaces that flowed into one another and slowly revealed lakeside vistas. Not only were the spaces visually revealing, but each also contained a water element. “The concept of the design is ‘water to water,’” says Demetriou, who worked hand in hand with architect Amanda Cavassa to achieve the desired effect. The front drive curves through 600 feet of cedar and fir trees to end in a porte cochere edged with water pools spiked with Reeds, sculptures by Dale Chihuly that were illuminated at the hand of lighting designer Christopher Thompson. The entry is paved in limestone laid in an abstract pattern reminiscent of glistening water. architecture Vassos M. Demetriou, AIA, Demetriou Architects PLLC interior design Vassos M. Demetriou, Demetriou Architects PLLC home builder John Schuh, Aldrich + Associates, Inc. landscape architecture George Rudko and Andrea Leuschke,
R. David Adams Associates, Inc. bedrooms 3
220 l u x e i n t e r i o r s
square feet 12,809