A lake home on a very steep lot

I was recommended to this client by his sister. But he was very busy and could not meet with me in person. So I got directions to the property and drove out to see it by myself. What a property! A very wide view of a protected lake, well situated on a peninsula. But the most difficult part of this project was how extremely steep the slope was. There was a concrete driveway, but it was so steep that I could not even walk down because I kept slipping!

The client wanted a home that opened up to the lake. He wanted lots of glass and a huge porch with a view. He sent me photos of the style of home he was wanting to build. In the field of engineering, he recognized the difficulties of building on such a steep property. It was very important that the home be easily accessible.

There was another challenge: the budget. I needed to reduce the scope of the home to make it affordable, while keeping as much of what the client wanted as possible. To make the home fit better on the slope, I designed it to be long and narrow.

These two sketches show different views of the house. The first is from uphill, showing a small drive through carport, and very little glass. Why would anyone want a lot of glass facing the uphill side? The second sketch shows the lakeside view, with all the glass facing the view. All three levels focus on the lake. The roof is designed to shade most of the summer sun.

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