Harrison Street Residence

Located in Issaquah Highlands’ prestigious Harrison Street neighborhood, this two-level home features sophisticated design that naturally accommodates a casual Pacific Northwest lifestyle. The hillside setting offered the opportunity to place the main living spaces as well as the master suite on the upper level, which took full advantage of the site’s expansive views.

The covered entry, set well back from the street behind a garden and pond, creates a private, welcoming transition into the home. A large vaulted space, housing the living, dining and kitchen areas, forms the heart of this home. This space is warmed by the use of hardwood floors and naturally-finished wood beams, and is illuminated by natural light that flows through continuous clerestory windows along the north, west and south sides. Several of the windows in this upper band of glass are equipped with motorized openers, which allows for natural cross-ventilation of the space during warm weather.

A dramatic wood and steel open-tread staircase connects the upper and lower levels. The lower level features a multi-functional space that can be used for a wide variety of family activities and that opens to both a view-side deck and a south-facing sun terrace. This entertainment area creates a natural place to gather with built-in seating, a fire pit and a waterfall fed from the pool above. The lower level also houses three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a bar and wine room. The garage is artfully hidden from view on the lower level.

On both levels of the home the views and the connections to the outdoors are maximized, with the inside and outside spaces flowing freely from one to the other through the use of oversized windows and wall-to-wall bi-parting doors. Extensive decks on both levels are built of hardwood decking and stainless steel railings for both aesthetic appeal and durability. Sustainable strategies for this home include natural cross-ventilation, a geothermally-sourced heating and cooling system, and double-thick panelized roof construction.

The design for this project was initiated by Scott Allen during his tenure as a named principal at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects (OSKA), Seattle. Scott Allen formed his new firm Scott Allen Architecture in 2009, and the project was completed by Scott Allen Architecture in 2010.

All photographs by Aaron Leitz Photography.
Issaquah Highlands Residence
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Vaulted dining room and kitchen area. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography
“Interior wood trim and color scheme” — gabler01
Master bathroom
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Master bathroom. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“the window” — edinburghroad
Master bathroom
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Master bathroom. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“medium cabinert with light floor. too red.” — celticname
Open riser wood and steel stairs
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Open riser wood and steel stairs. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“wall color” — Cindy Salazar
Upper level deck view
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Upper level deck takes advantage of the spectacular views the site offers. Almost every room in the house has a view. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“RAILING” — gennykur
Lower level sun terrace encourages true indoor/outdoor living
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Lower level sun terrace accented with water wall and fire pit for year-round outdoor living. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“ROCKY LANDSCAPE” — gennykur
View from kitchen to dining and living room
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The open, vaulted living, dining and kitchen space forms the heart of the house. A hallmark of designs by Scott Allen Architecture -- leveraging the natural light and views of every site. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“dark floor natural trim and ceiling” — Elements Design, LLC
Easy living kitchen
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Light, airy and open to the living and dining rooms. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography
“Windows above” — jhayes369
Upper deck view at sunset
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Detail of the upper deck at sunset. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“Love the Railing!!!” — Rocco Thomas
Master bedroom
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Master bedroom with views. The house was designed to ensure almost every room in the house has views and abundant natural light. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“cabinetry” — steff13
Exterior evening looking northwest
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The home is designed to leverage the views and natural light. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“Suburb Hill Lodge” — ryantedbear
Media room
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Media room with view. The room room is designed to incorporate electrically-operated roller shades, concealed within a ceiling pocket. Photo by Aaron Leitz.
“wood transomselectric rollar shades” — elliemcauley
Guest Bath
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Guest bath. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“Cabinets” — Gina
Valuted main living area
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Vaulted living room, dining room and kitchen form the heart of this home. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“Hoogteverschil plafond” — Katrien Joosten
Front entry at night
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Covered front entry, set well back from the street behind a garden and a pond, creates a private, welcoming transition into the home. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“Covered transition” — Nathan Adam
Living room detail
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Quality materials and attention to detail are a constant in Scott Allen designs. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography.
“floor w/ wooding windows” — bberton
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