An architect and landscape designer become their own clients for the Grasshopper Studio. The husband-wife team expands their 1940s Seattle home. In an effort to preserve the main house's modest footprint, the new structure is located along the lot's rear alley. Its open floorplan creates a versatile space, allowing it to function as a guesthouse, workspace, or playroom. The two buildings are connected by a covered walkway, creating a central courtyard. Inspired by ancient Chinese housing, this paved terrace offers a protected outdoor area for dining and entertaining beneath a single Silk tree.
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