Blurring Boundaries

Stunning scenery graces so much of the Pacific Northwest, and natural beauty is a splendid asset to the design of any home. Even on the rainiest of days, rich home design unites the refuge of home with the wonder of the outdoors.

We’ve collected several of our favorite architecture tips to help you take advantage of the natural beauty around your home.


Make effective use of glass. Especially in a waterfront home, glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light and can make the outdoors feel like part of your home. Glass creates fluid movement between interior and exterior spaces. To make this flow even more effective, install the same type of floor inside and on your patio or outdoor living space.

Natural light pours through these floor-to-ceilling windows
Large floor-to-ceiling windows frame this waterfront home’s breathtaking view. 


Install a corner window. Putting a window in the corner of a room provides an uninterrupted view of your surroundings and allows more sunlight to reach the interior of your home. Even as you lounge in your favorite armchair with a cup of coffee, you’ll feel as though the outdoors are a mere arm’s length away.

Natural light pours through these floor-to-ceilling windows
Let natural light pour through corner windows.

Secret Gardens

Add an entrance to a private garden. If you’re planning on having a small garden off the master bedroom, consider glass sliding or French doors. These doors let you see the garden at all times and make it feel like a natural extension of your room. It’s an intimate take on outdoor living.

Architecture tips: create a small private garden off the master bedroom.
Even in a waterfront home, create your own slice of nature by adding a private garden off the master bedroom.

Work with a View

Give a home office spectacular views. Place your home office on the upper floor instead of having it tucked away on the first floor. Put the desk in front of large windows that provide beautiful views of the outdoors and let in an abundance of natural light.

Architecture tips: let natural light fill your home office.
Face your home office toward inspiring natural views.

We design every home with an eye to its surroundings. We strongly believe in working with a home’s setting, so that the home graces the land and the land graces the home.

We’d love to hear your plans for your dream home and provide additional architecture tips to help you get started.