Located on a unique site in Kirkland, WA this 15,000 SF lot is heavily wooded yet sits right in the middle of a developed neighborhood. The project scope is to design a new single-family residence plus a separate detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU). The existing house was built in the 1930’s but had been added to and modified over the years in ways that made an effective remodel prohibitive. The generous size of the site allows us to better locate the new home so the spaces can focus on views of the surrounding trees while minimizing their disturbance. As a part of the design process, we’re working closely with an arborist to evaluate existing trees and establish a reasonable plan to retain as many as possible. To the east, a separate DADU will include a garage with studio apartment above, plus two workshop spaces and a rooftop garden and greenhouse. Construction of the DADU will constitute phase 1, allowing the homeowners to live in the DADU while the house is being built during phase 2.