|Features of Home
1.No visible electrical outlets
anywhere in the
2.112 steps from the main floor to the main entry.
3.Wood columns from
entry area are
4.All timbers used inside and out are finished the same - 3
been removed from the exterior of the wood and then sanded to
finish and there are virtually no knots in the home.
bolts throughout the house are stainless steel and
6.All woodwork is flawless. Much of the woodwork is of
species from all over the world in Bill's home.
of the luxury interior passage
doors weigh over 800
balanced for easy use
8.Acoustics are a concern throughout. Various woods and
used. Acoustic panels in the Ballroom move out of sight on
9.Roofing is stainless steel.
10.Floor is heated everywhere including the driveway and walks in the
Bill Gates mansion.
11.Four car garage. House for the maintenance staff has its own 3-car
garage. Nanny parks in the 6-car carport across from the main
additional 10-cars can be parked in a subterranean arched
building which through an electronic transformation becomes a
12.Many doors are blended
so well with the
walls that it is hard to see
them, Great interior design & decoration in the home
13.Theater (underground in a concrete shell) is the most state of the
art theater in the world according to specialty contractor.
14.Entry gate senses when your car approaches and opens fully by the
time you arrive.
15.Master bathtub can be filled to the right temperature and depth by
Gates as he drives home from work.
of communication cable, largely fiber optic, run throughout the house,
linking computer servers powered by the Windows NT operating system. In
each room, touch-sensitive pads control lighting, music, and climate.
Visitors will wear small electronic pins, which will let the computers
know who and where they are. Lights and other settings will adjust
automatically. Floors throughout the house (and the driveway) are
The Bill Gates family's 11,500-square-foot inner sanctum is
modest, with four bedrooms and quarters for a nanny. A four-car garage
is attached. The lower levels include a
family room and
an exercise facility that is better appointed than many health clubs.
The southern half of the main building, this wing contains the main
entrance (with grand staircase), theater, library, formal dining room,
reception hall, and conference facilities. It includes only two
Waterfront: Approximately 500
Square footage, all
structures: More than 66,000 (equal to
Rooms: Seven bedrooms, 24
bathrooms (includes 10 full
Style: Pacific Northwest lodge
Architects: James Cutler and
Interior designer: Thierry W.
Primary contractor: Sellen
hillside is in an earthquake zone, so the foundation sits on concrete
piers and uses tiebacks and steel reinforcements several times stronger
than the minimums set by the building code. Massive retaining walls,
several feet thick in places, created a drainage problem, solved by
collecting runoff in buried pipes that feed into the estuary.
timber frame. Half a million board feet of lumber was used. Support
beams were salvaged from
a Weyerhaeuser mill on the Columbia River,
refinished, and sanded to a satin
glow. The timbers are joined with
stainless-steel fittings, which have been flame-bronzed and anodized,
for a rustic look. All connecting bolts (also stainless steel) point in
the same direction.
the past decade, Bill
Gates has quietly
11 properties, including nine houses, that surround his
estate, creating a buffer zone that is increasingly turning a small
hillside neighborhood into a private holding of the richest man on
of Microsoft is smart
businessman even in Housing
Pictures of the Residence