Seattle, WA

Private Residence


Our client built a striking new home on the east slope of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. To complement the clean lines of the facade we designed a simple, elegant landscape that sets off the home rather than competing with the bold architecture.

Soft grasses offer contrast to the natural stone veneer, perennials brighten the mood, and planters add a bit of whimsy to the arrival sequence. On either side of the main entry, roof runoff is dramatically routed down the face of the home in steel troughs to biofilter planters faced in stone.

Around the back of the home, a small “leftover” space was transformed into a cozy patio terrace with bluestone slabs and crushed granite underfoot. A view down into, or across the back patio area provides a serene foreground to the beautiful views to Lake Washington beyond.

Collaborating with Thielsen Architects provided the owners with a solid design team–working together with one voice to build their dream home.


“Mark was recommended to us by our architect and we found him to be very creative and easy to work with. He came up with great designs executing them with our cost concerns in mind. We are very happy with the outcome and in particular that he made great use of native plants. It looks beautiful!”