The beautiful rustic on Mercer Island, Washington – built as close to the lake as permitted by code – drinks up all the lakeside splendor of nature and design influences. The modern house by Hutchison & Maul Architects boasts a unique exterior style that combines the weathered look of rusted metal, with warm natural wood and a cool, contemporary white facade. The result is a blend of styles that really work in this modern, multi-faceted design. Composed of numerous levels set along the sloping terrain and facing the lake, this 900-sq.-ft. house was designed with direct access to the water to accommodate living and recreation. A lower level houses the changing and bathing room, and provides storage for the family’s water sports equipment. A guest room is private from the main house, which is situated higher up on the hill to make the most of the gorgeous lake views. Terraces invite outdoor living, with main rooms that open to the outdoors and expansive windows at every turn. .
photo credits: Alan Abramowitz and Hutchison & Maul