Stonewater consists of a dozen three-story town homes set into a hillside in the Fremont neighborhood. The houses are artfully clustered around a terraced courtyard traversed by a boulder strewn waterfall. The project demonstrates efficient and imaginative land use with a community building layout. Each condo has its own entrance and private outdoor space and features nine foot ceilings, large windows, maple floors and cabinets, sandstone entries, gas fireplaces, granite tile counter tops and underground parking. The exterior is inspired by a woodland palate, dressed in cedar sidings and adorned with shingles stained in fall leaf colors. The materials and layout were chosen specifically to fit in with the neighborhood, whose residents played an active role in the design review process. Stonewater was both a Seattle Times AIA Home of the Month and Home of the year in 1999. The judges note, “The development evokes a feeling of a quaint fishing village that twists and turns with the hillside and still blends gracefully with the surrounding neighborhood.”
The Fremont Lofts are eight loft style units housed in four buildings. An S-curved meandering driveway landscaped with Japanese Maples, bamboo and Katsura trees bisects the property, offering a place for residents to come together and providing access to the individual one car garages built below. The units are characterized by high ceilings, open rooms and “accidental spaces” created so owners can discover and invent their own uses. The layout is intended to serve a diverse array of lifestyles. North/south floor plans with southern exposure provide natural light for even the grayest of Seattle days. Private balconies and rooftop decks reveal views of Seattle’s downtown, the Olympic Mountains and the ship canal. The Fremont Lofts are another example of Bill Parks’ knack for creating high density urban living spaces with a distinct sense of community.
A century old farmhouse, renovated during the Boulders at Greenlake project, provided style cues for the nine three story “sibling” townhomes built up around it. The development, nestled in the Greenlake neighborhood, blends old and new styles of architecture, exemplifying the ways that familiar forms can come into the present through re-invention and innovation. The gabled roofs reflect neighborhood architecture but the homes are distinguished by cedar siding and modern detailing. Inside, they feature beamed wooden ceilings, black metal windows and metal railings, heated concrete floors and stainless steal appliances. Eco friendly wool carpeting and low VOC paint are just two of the “green” aspects of this project and exemplify the masterful melding of classic styles with innovation. The townhomes surround a courtyard adorned with granite boulders, a gushing waterfall that mutes traffic sounds and a majestic old Pine tree, providing a space for owners to build community and appreciate the aesthetic of nature that inspired the development.