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studio zerbey / issaquah highlands residence

Lauren Zerbey


We’ve been working on a new project at Studio Zerbey and are excited to finally share some schematic renderings and plans with you!

(FYI – only the first two renderings show landscaping, but the entire site will be planted!)

Located east of Seattle, the project is a new custom residence in the Harrison Views neighborhood of Issaquah Highlands.


The home is targeted for 5-star Built Green, LEED for Homes Platinum and will also incorporate Passivhaus elements. (A few of the strategies so far include triple-glazed windows, extra insulation, green roofs and photovoltaic panels.) The clients, who have been fantastic to work with, are totally on board with this direction which makes the process really exciting for everyone.


The building site has a unique upper bench and lower bench with a steep slope between them. The siting of the house takes advantage of this topography, creating a linear datum line that not only serves as a retaining wall but also as an organizing element for the home’s circulation.


The massing of the home is designed to maximize views, natural daylight and compliment the scale of the surrounding community. (The neighborhood is partially developed, we just didn’t model the surrounding homes.) =) The living spaces are oriented to capture the panoramic views to the southwest and northwest, including Lake Washington and the Olympic mountain range as well as Seattle and Bellevue skylines.

A series of green roofs and protected outdoor spaces will allow the homeowners to extend their living spaces year-round.


With an emphasis on durability, the material palette will consist of a gray stained cedar siding, corten steel panels, cement board siding, T&G fir soffits, exposed wood beams, black fiberglass windows, board-formed concrete, glass railings and a standing seam metal roof.


A careful site analysis was done early on to suss out the best views and determine how unbuilt adjacent lots might be developed. (For the renderings and site plan, we used a combination of SketchUp, a v-ray rendering plugin and panoramic photographs.)

Below are the schematic floor plans for the ground level, main level and upper level (click to enlarge). The total area is 3,425 SF of living space plus 575 SF for the garage.

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Z:Studio ZerbeyProjectsActive Projects1309 Issaquah Highland

Z:Studio ZerbeyProjectsActive Projects1309 Issaquah Highland

Construction is slated to start this spring and we look forward to sharing the progress!