This house is another one of our design build projects, meaning that we built this house on our own account, acting as the architect, owner and contractor.
This Mercer Island site was challenging because of the height restriction that it had on the lot deed. In order to meet a marketing criteria, we felt we needed 3 stories, and since it was a sloping site we felt this was achievable.
The design balanced the height restriction with a "Roman cross" shape to the roof with flat areas at each corner of the house, thus reducing the over height by several feet, while still looking like a pitched roof.....which we felt was appropriate relative to the context of the neighborhood.
The site had great value because it was off the main area of town, yet walking distance to most city amenities.....and..... had great views to the north east.