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Lakeshore Sophisticate

Refined detail, graceful forms, proportion and symmetry combine with the subtle play of light to produce sublime beauty.

“The sheer beauty of our home still stuns me, still moves me now, it’s a beautiful experience for me and it gives me serenity and peace.”

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn

Lakeshore Sophisticate

Lakeshore — that suggestive, ephemeral, alluring dividing line — where the solid marries the liquid, rarely mirrored by the junction of public and private, inside and outside in the best lakeside homes.

“I remember the first sketch I saw, I think it brought me to tears, I was so stunned by it. That you could put into this picture all the ideas that had been running through my mind all these years. The house was beyond my wildest expectations.”

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn

Lakeshore Sophisticate

Each of the main floor view-side spaces open to the gracious terrace. “We love the way the family areas relate so well to the terrace and the lake.”

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn

Lakeshore Sophisticate

The terrace is an extension of the living areas, stretching out to the lake.

“I have glimpses of ideas, but I don’t have the ability to put together the big picture. AOME did that for me so well. It was great fun to say, 'You know I think I’d like this, now draw it,' and you could draw it! And I’d say, 'Yeah, that’s it!'”.

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn

Lakeshore Sophisticate

A simple repeating ellipse geometry creates a unique stair rail. “Sometimes, in the morning, I come downstairs and just stare. I can’t believe how beautiful it is.” — The owner, Carolyn, quoted during an interview with Seattle Homes and Lifestyles

“AOME’s plans are thorough, concise and address the specifics, not leaving anything to the imagination, thus allowing the subcontractors to focus on their craft.”

—Bob Gradwohl, Gradwohl Construction

Lakeshore Sophisticate

A host of eclectic and unique custom details and unfitted cabinets conceal efficient storage and permit an open plan for the kitchen.

“[Our home is] beautiful, functional and inviting. Everyone that walks in says it has a warm and welcoming feel. I love coming down in the morning and having views of the water. Phil really likes the French-manor feel — it’s timeless. Even after 20 years, I don’t think this kitchen [or the house] will go out of style.”

—The owner Carolyn quoted in the Kitchen and Bath Ideas article

Lakeshore Sophisticate

Every detail is special, receiving lavish attention. “I can’t believe all the things [AOME] does for us and the incredible detail you think about for so little fee! How do you do it! You sure get your money’s worth in my opinion!”

—The owner, Carolyn, quoted during a construction meeting and again in a more recent interview

“They listen to those in the trenches. AOME is always open minded, willing to listen to the input of the general contractors and subcontractors, which allows for a more collaborative venture resulting in a much better end product.”

—Bob Gradwohl, Gradwohl Construction

Lakeshore Sophisticate

Each space has its own personality, from serene to sophisticated. “When one is spending this much time and money on a very custom house, it’s gratifying to have a principal give this much attention to the project. You feel that you really are important enough to get a principal’s attention, not just at the beginning, but all the way through.”

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn

Lakeshore Sophisticate

A simple masonry fireplace flanked by cabinets concealing a large TV and displaying family heirlooms from North Africa. “The chemistry is almost everything… AOME is amongst an elite group of architects. Once you’ve made the decision to do a project this custom, this expensive, you need to be able to get along. AOME was absolutely worth it. To have a house as livable and beautiful as this one is… it takes an architect who will dedicate themselves for the whole duration — AOME did that.”

—From a recent interview with the owner, Carolyn