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Seattle bath remodel - partial home remodel Seattle

partial house remodel


When you work on a home that's more than 100 years old, there are bound to be some surprises. We had built an addition on this home five years earlier, and remodeled portions of it, but what we found in the ceiling of the living and dining room when we remodeled those rooms and the upper bedrooms and baths surprised us all. Completed 2014.

Architect: Sheri Newbold of live-work-play

project features


  • Completed remodeled upper level including two baths and bedrooms
  • New flooring, walls and windows in main floor areas
  • New entry door

project photos


Click on the thumbnails to read the story of this partial house remodel.
After photos © 2015 Cindy Apple Photography
Before: Finishes typical of early 1900s--leaky single-pane windows, coved ceilings and well-worn flooring.   A remodel of these areas was taken into account with the first phase of work done here, setting new floors at the level needed to plane out with new floors in these areas. Both upstairs baths were in need of an update, and one really needed some more space. Removing an old chimney and ductwork allowed for a small expansion as part of this remodel. The big surprise came at demolition.  We intended to remove the plaster and cove, install insulation and replace with new sheetrock and cove.  As the plaster came off it became clear that the plaster had been installed not directly over framing, but over top of original finished fir ceilings and the walls at the stairwell.  It was a discovery that spurred a change in plan. Patching was required in a number of places, and then substantial prep and painting to bring the rooms back to their original surface.  Replacing windows and installing new white oak floors finished the work in here, except that future cabinets are planned for the area where the stairs create a lower ceiling. The bathroom that started out tiny is still small, but with much more counter and storage space than before. Marmoleum floors and a tile shower with cast iron pan, and Avonite counters over a custom cabinet make the most of the space, which is brightened by vibrant colors. The use of built-in cabinets at the bed area makes the bedroom cozy and functional. Imported wallpaper and more built-ins at the closet, where the window was replaced as well. Across the hall, there is a new closet for the second bedroom. It also includes colorful wallpaper and built-ins.   The second bedroom already had a new window from an earlier remodel, but benefits from new sheetrock, wiring and insulation. The larger bathroom has eye-popping color and tile design.  Marmoleum floors and Avonite counters again, but in different hues. Built-ins at this bath make the most of the limited space by creating useful and accessible storage. The finished spaces are insulated, updated and very comfortable.  And what a treat to uncover a 100-year-old secret and enjoy the ceilings of the living spaces as they were originally designed.


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