Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA Kayak Point House

context & program

The owners wanted something informal and cozy, with a strong connection to the beautiful natural landscape of the property. The otherwise straightforward plan of the house jogs back and forth mainly to work around several great cedar trees.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

form & space

For a relatively small house, there exists a great variety of spatial experiences. Much of the house has low ceilings that one can almost reach up and touch. These cozy low-ceiling spaces open up to rooms with higher ceilings and exposed beams and rafters.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

structure & enclosure

Exposed beams and rafters became important architectural components. Their proportion, placement, and rhythm shape the underlying order of the house.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

structure & enclosure

Exposed beams and rafters became important architectural components. Their proportion, placement, and rhythm shape the underlying order of the house.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

The layering of spaces and carefully considered sight lines create movement and interest, drawing one’s eye to what might be around the corner. Sliding walls allow for flexibility of use.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

The entry gallery, conceived as a breezeway, connects the front garden to the rear while bridging public and private wings.

texture & articulation

The comparatively precise and refined casework and fittings of the kitchen and bath are juxtaposed with the more rustic framework of the house.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA
Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA
Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

The objective was to create warm, disciplined, serene spaces with a sense of depth and soul.

Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA
Christopher Wright Architect Seattle WA

Photography by Anna Spencer and Benjamin Benschneider

Julio Gaona: Stonework
Carl Hall, Dig-It Excavation and Land Design: Land Contouring
Richard Zajac/Grapestone: Construction