Contemporary lake house filled with light and art

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DeForest Architects transformed this existing lakeside residence in Seattle, Washington from a house full of heavy stone and beams into a light-filled place for enjoying art, food and family. The clients, Mark and Mattie, are an entrepreneur and artist, mom and dad, this creative couple asked the architects to transform their home on Lake Washington into an elegant, family-friendly house filled with light and art. The staircase design received a Grand Award from Residential Architect and a Citation from the Washington AIA Honor Awards.

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Photos: John Granen, Ben Benschneider (stairs)

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    There’s one word to describe this: bad. The original stone and heavy wood beams must have been great. It’s sad to know that they were buried in this cheap, modern, hotel-like display of really bad art. It’s like every cheap, slick, techno-ish gadgety home design element was thrown under one roof. Why did this couple buy this house if they were going to ruin it? The hints of the original materials clash badly with the new, revealing what a terrible mistake this remodel was. Go back to the old.