Magazine article Sunset

Just Add Water

Magazine article Sunset

Just Add Water

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3 modern takes on easy lake-house living

1 Ranch-house reboot


Despite all its contemporary elements, Craig and LisaSchafer's home in Seattle retains one very traditional Western aspect: a strong connection to the outdoors. With this goal in mind, the Schafers had asked Seattle-based architect Ray Johnston to build a new twostory home on the footprint of a cramped 1940s ranch-style house. Ipe-wood decks, totaling 400 square feet of outdoor living and dining space, enhance the sense of spaciousness. "Through sliding glass doors, you can see from the entry courtyard all the way through the living room to the lake," says Johnston.

DESIGN Johnston Architects, Seattle ( or 206/523-6150)

GREAT DIVIDE A limestone and steel wall separates the stairwell from the living room and provides a tidy place to stash firewood and electronics.

2 The new lodge


When Sandra Harrison and Caesar Naples fell in love with a densely wooded, rocky hilltop overlooking Lake Tahoe, they decided to build a house that disturbed few of the land's natural features. Happily, the seller of the site was San Franciscobased architect Loring Sagan, who turned out to be the couple's design soul mate. The resulting residence blurs the lines between indoors and out at nearly every turn. IS it weren't for the trees and rocks in the foreground, we'd have a 270° view of the water instead of 180o," says Naples. "But then look at what we'd be missing. …

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