Contractor/Builder: Dan Wozniak DKWozniak Design | Build LLC
Interior Design: Terra Misner Artist Touch Painting
Landscape Architect/Design: Crane Stavig Greencliff Landscape Co.
Images: TJ Simon/Creative Collective
Located on a hidden waterfront site in the West of Market neighborhood of Kirkland, WA, the Kipp House presents a low-profile façade upon first approach, only to quickly expand upon entry into a 25′ tall living space with a west facing wall of glass designed to frame the dynamic beauty of the lake and landscape beyond.
The subject site is a narrow interior lot at the end of a private access road, with topography that steps down quickly to the Lake Washington Shoreline. The front façade is a single-level composed of a four-car garage and promenade to the massive wood, iron, and glass entry door. Upon entry, a grand custom staircase with organic-form railing leads you down to the living room and spectacular views. Those views through a glass wall are structurally possible thanks to a complicated steel moment frame craned onto site in multiple pieces and protected from excessive heat gain by automatic shades pocketed into the exterior façade.
Continue on this 2nd level to the gourmet kitchen and dining room of custom cabinetry and woodwork; walk past the pizza oven into a secret “renaissance room” lounge, bar, and theatre; or pass through the 10′ tall-lift slide doors onto a sprawling 2nd level deck, and down the custom steel spiral staircase to the yard and dock below. The primary and secondary bedroom suites are located on the 3rd floor via cat-walk that looks down into the living room, and up to the truly “barrel”-vaulted ceiling with expressed steel structure ribbing. At the ground/1st level, 2 bedrooms, a hidden office, a lake-life-oriented bath with changing rooms, lockers, and sauna; a sunken workout/golf space, and an all-season bar with hydraulic indoor-outdoor countertop door
While the total square footage makes for a large home, the collection of public and private spaces foster intimate family moments just as well as large social gatherings. Natural light is abundant from all directions, while window placement strategically frame views and provide filtered privacy from neighbors. An energy efficient envelope of outboard insulation, thermal window bucks, thermal isolation clips, and solar panel roof design was inherent in the design. Exterior Cladding includes Swisspearl, Neolith, Stonewood, Dizal, and natural Stone Veneer.