Magazine article Sunset

On an "Unbuildable" Lot, a Tall, Narrow House on Deep, Deep Piers

Magazine article Sunset

On an "Unbuildable" Lot, a Tall, Narrow House on Deep, Deep Piers

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On an "unbuildable' lot, a tall, narrow house on deep, deep piers

A steep lot with a stunning view of Lake Washington was the choice of architect Richard Hobbs of Hobbs Architecture Group for the narrow, vertical house. A house previously built on the site shifted in 1929 when its concrete retaining wall gave way, and the lot had then been by-passed as unbuildable.

According to Hobbs, "Landfill from the previous construction, lying loose on the face of the hill, was our first obstacle. We hauled it away. We then went down with concrete piers through glacial till and clay until we struck solid earth.' The piers reach 20 to 25 feet into the ground, anchoring the 16- by 48-foot rectangle.

To help hold surface soil, Hobbs restored the original dense ground cover of ivy and salal, and planted a screen of poplar trees with spreading roots along the north property line for privacy.

To open the house to the outdoors, Hobbs included two decks. …

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