In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 16: The initial design, unveiled!
Spring 2009 brought the next major evolution in the design of our home. We were presented with a set of schematic design plans that reflected all the tweaks and evolutions in the design. We had settled on a big picture vision of the house. All together, we got a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a guest room, utility room, kitchen, living room, and library space. We didn’t want extra bonus rooms or unnecessary spaces that would add square footage without adding function.
Our final development area is around 3-5 acres of the entire 21 acre site. We have 16 acres of managed forest which we are responsible for and cannot develop. Once you start adding all the elements of the site requirements such as the septic system, well, buffers and setbacks for critical areas, things actually end up getting pretty tight. Fitting everything in is like a game of very intense Tetris. And there is a lot of pressure to get it right the first time.
June 15, 2011