When you ask the Lesleys what they sought most for their new custom home, their answer is simple: Maximize the views.
And rightfully so: The 5-acre property, perched on the side of the Olympic Mountains, offers a sweeping panorama of Port Angeles, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Victoria, and Mount Baker.
To ensure the couple could take full advantage of the landscape, Estes designed the home with all but two main rooms facing forward; expansive windows along the length of the great room provide sightlines back through the adjacent professional-style kitchen. On the second floor, the husband’s dream of an office “tower” came to fruition, complete with windows on three sides.
“We love how it fits into the setting, and of course the view is fantastic,” says Mr. Lesley. “It just feels very comfortable and a place that we’re going to see ourselves spending an awful lot of time.”
Along with a first-floor master suite with custom walk-in shower, the home has three guest rooms, each with its own bathroom, to accommodate visits from the couple’s children and grandchildren.
The couple, who are relocating from the Bay Area, had differing opinions on style, with one leaning toward traditional timber frame and the other more modern. Northwest Contemporary was the ideal compromise: The home features multiple angled rooflines and ample use of glass, but with rich wood finishes in the solid-core doors, windows, and inside-outside timber beams that help maintain a cozy feel. A two-story stacked-stone fireplace in the great room furthers the vibe.
The Lesleys say their meetings with Estes designers and project managers helped them whittle down their wish lists and balance finish and design options.
“It was clear when we had our first meeting that [they] listened to what we had to say, and it was great to have that feedback about what we could expect and the whole design process,” Mr. Lesley says. “They made that very enjoyable.”
See more of the home and hear more from the Lesleys in their video interview.