McClelland Architects have specialized over time in designing and building water front houses. This residence, located by Central Washington River, is a great example of their approach to water front architecture. Their starting point is always creating a connection to the water. They achieve this by maximizing the views and by creating spaces that support the waterfront lifestyle. In order to maximize the views, the primary living areas of the house are located in “front row”, with big windows and glass surfaces that offer spectacular views. Utility areas such as closets, pantries or stairs are given a secondary role and placed behind. The indoor living spaces are generously sized, with nice volumes flooded by light. The materials are respectful of the landscape, with a preference for wood, stone and glass. Intimately connected to the inside of the house, a second set of year-round living spaces are created outdoors. Various terraces and decks provide space for socialization, relaxation or quality family time.
The main living areas are positioned on the upper level, and given front row views through floor to ceiling glass surfaces.
The pool is placed between the house and river and surrounded by beautiful landscaping with gravel, vegetation and wood and stone decks. The infinity view from the pool connects it to the river beyond.
The landscaping is carefully done with regional plants and materials, and the stairs are placed in such a way as to offer beautiful river views going down.
The living area occupies an important surface and it is turned to face the river and its beautiful views. The facade is made of glass, thus allowing the space to extend towards the outside.
The wall that incorporates a fireplace and a fire wood niche is covered with irregularly cut stone which reminds the rivers stones.
The kitchen is also in front row, as such views must be highly inspiring for the cook(s). It is modern and functional, with marble counter tops. There are two dining areas, an indoors one to the left and an outdoors one in front, placed behind the glass doors. The glass separation being almost invisible, the outdoors and indoors confound.
The bathroom gets a privileged corner position. The corner window allows for views not only of the river front, but also of the beautiful landscape beyond.
After down, the lights of the house are magically reflected by the river.