DePape Architects provide full architectural services in new residential construction and remodeling.
During our 25-year-old career we have completed homes according to craftsman, french,english and contemporary styles in areas like
Shoreline, Woodinville, Duvall, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Mercer Island, Auburn, Tacoma and Belize in the states of Washington and Idaho.
Aging in place - One story living
This "forever" home is sited on a gently sloping rural site.
All of the house is on one level so the owner can anticipate spending many easy years in this comfortable home.
The garden and trellis work are already beginning to show the benefits of many happy hours spent puttering in the yard.
Sunset Ridge in Lake Forest Park
Save the trees - Enjoy the trees
We make a concerted effort to integrate each home with its site. This steep site is no different.
We were fortunate to work with an uncommon 'spec' builder who is committed to saving trees even when it costs money.
We think our mutual efforts and commitment have created a home that is thoughtful and well connected.
This fine building was featured in a write-up in the Enterprise newspaper.
Custom Craftsman with Sensitivity
Early in design development the owners indicated a strong desire for a darkly stained rift cut white
oak interior and an overall craftsman-like composition.
The house is positioned on a wooded site between a steep slope on the south and a large wetland on the north.
Despite having acres of ground this is the only place where the house could open to the sunshine, capture
the view of the Cascades and Mt. Rainier and stay out of the sensitive areas.
The house had to be setback a short distance from the hillside to reduce the risk due to landslides.
Office and Home in Central America
The owner asked for "something "elegant" and "roofy".
He requested a building with the detailing and understatement of a large
Mercedes sedan. Years later he says "I see parts of my building around town. It
is often imitated. No one has yet equaled what you have done for me." Responding
to our clients and the climatic challenges of the tropics with excellent design
is a strength at DePape Associates.
Connected to the earth, of the earth, this house balances Yin and
Yang, unabashedly. The interior includes an atrium for the cultivation of citrus
while providing solar heat for the house. The interior and exterior details
delight and extol the virtues of natural wood. High atop the home an aerie is
perched to provide views of the surrounding stream and woods. The only access to
this delightful room comes from a secret spiral staircase hidden behind a
movable bookcase with a hidden latch. This house represents an enjoyment of the
natural characteristics of materials and a fascination with the spirits in
An English Manor
This was an intriguing theme project. The owners drew out of DePape
Associates a design for a home that would support their creative
imaginations and rich fantasy life. We created many allusions to
another time and another place. This affords the owners a connection
with their dreams without the huge cost of a "replica." For instance
many visitors believe the house is twice its actual size and is built
of real stone. When we were finishing the project the owner looked me
in the eye and said, "You would never have done this house without
me." What a stunning compliment! We were able to understand the owner
and their dream so well that they felt themselves an indispensable
part of the design team. Our collaboration had created satisfaction
Near Wetlands in a Floodplain
This home on the edge of a wetland affords an experience and views of a
wild and natural setting with a minimal impact on wildlife. An
inappropriate response to the demands of nature pits people and
buildings against the forces of nature. With an appropriate response
to nature's dynamic people, buildings, and nature coexist peacefully.
The house is elevated above the local floodplain to allow the
floodwater to rise around it and flow through beneath it. This design
assists people downstream by maintaining the capacity of the
floodplain. The home is protected from damage, safe to live in, and
utilizes the site well. It is a cost effective and interesting place
Steep Hillside on Puget Sound
Spectacular views and bracing salt air are the reward for ascending
the 65% slope of this steep coastal home site. With our "tread
lightly" design approach the house stretches along the width of the
slope on standard concrete footings. By not cutting into the hillside
this uncommon design eliminates tall retaining walls and deep
foundation systems. The design solution is safe, stable, cost
effective and harmonious with the environment.
House on a Tropical Island
This home is built on a small island in the Caribbean. The tropical
climate presents challenges unlike the Northwest. The building site is
raised to protect the building against hurricane floods. Rooms are
aligned to enjoy the view and natural cooling from onshore breezes.
Since local wood is difficult to harvest and of variable quality, walls and
roofing are made of concrete to resist the corrosive salt air
environment, the termites, and the hurricane force winds. Broad
overhangs help protect the interior from fading and intense heat from
the sun. Although seemingly benign, the right materials and design
strategies make comfort and safety possible in a sometimes hostile
Retiring by the Sea
The only item to paint on the outside of this house is the trellis at
the entry. The rest is designed to be carefree living by the sea.
Geometric Modern House
The owner's personality and lifetime joys are portrayed here.
My first of impression of this stock broker seemed to be -structured,
business minded, organized, let's get it done. As we got to know each
other I discovered his other side- Playful, personable, fun loving,
open. He is all of these and rich in his complexity. The building
exhibits his dual nature with the business like front only hinting at
the exuberance revealed behind.
A project dynamic in its forming. Currently in the midst of its
evolution its true nature is being revealed. The owner started with
ideas of particular spaces to be incorporated into the design. In
collaboration we invented a story for the historical evolution of the
house. The history of the house, which is described on the owner's
detail, is expressed by changes in stone and stucco finishes and roof
detailing among the various wings. By examining the completed house,
one can piece together the evolution of the estate. The combination is
meant to be pleasing to the eye and evocative of the lengthy period
over which manor houses were often constructed.
The walls built of foam formed concrete are part of an
emerging technology as is the rest of this "smart house". The benefits
are the obvious increase in strength, a quieter interior, and moderate
internal temperature fluctuations. The geothermal heating and cooling
system takes energy from the sun via the tubes buried in the earth. It
all means no ongoing fossil fuel consumption, greater comfort, and a
lower heating bill. The house blends the best of tradition, individual
personality, and modern technology.
An active family of 10 reside in this 4800 square foot home near the Snake River.
Much of the Magic Valley can be seen from the "Look out" just beneath
the copper shingle dome roof. Three foot roof overhangs protect the
building walls and keep the heat off the three covered patios. Solar
energy passes through a Trombe Wall for use in the home after the sun
has gone down.
This 1800 square foot home features a serpentine wall of glass
facing the lakeshore. In the master bedroom the wall runs low and
close to the bed, while in the living room the wall rises high and
stretches out to the lake. The curve of the wall mimics the shoreline
and creates space for a covered deck that would otherwise be
prohibited by an adjacent wetland.
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