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recent projects - additions & custom homes
Whole house remodels and additions to existing homes are some of the most complex work that we do. Often, these projects involve foundation and other structural work, along with an overhaul of the mechanical systems. Large remodeling projects are also a lot of fun because there's an opportunity for a complete transformation and restoration of your home.
custom homeWhen you have an opportunity to build a home on the water, you think of many things: longevity, functionality, synchronicity with the environment, and most of all, comfort. In building a custom home on the water in West Seattle all of this was considered and more, and the result is a home that draws an extended family to enjoy the beauty of the home and the Puget Sound. Completed 2015.
dormer additionA West Seattle couple faced a problem endemic to the typical architecture of the 1940s. Their solidly built home had a functional first floor, but the second floor was little more than a long, narrow rectangle with low-slung ceilings and windows at each end. The addition of a bath in the ‘70s did little to improve it--in fact, it begged for improvement more than the rest of the space. A desire to create two livable bedrooms and a comfortable bath led to a dormer addition that literally transformed the place. Completed 2015.
main floor remodelIt may be most difficult to plan a remodeling project when you are in the business yourself. You know all of the possibilities that come with a project, and know so much about materials that it can be both a blessing and a burden. A couple who both work in design and fabrication did not let this dissuade them. They carefully honed their scope of work, considered materials, and selected finishes over several years, and their efforts resulted in a finished project that is truly outstanding. Completed 2015.
backyard cottagePablo Picasso said, "Everything that you can imagine is real." In the case of a backyard cottage designed for two artists, vivid imagination led to a very real and innovative studio space that is 3-star Built Green certified and enhances the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in which it is built. Completed 2014.
dining room additionIt's the War Box conundrum: cute and compact at 800-900sf, these rectangular homes built in the '40s are the perfect size for a small family, but missing a vital room — a place to dine. See how one architect solved this problem beautifully, and with some added benefits. Completed 2013.
backyard cottage & garageWith an oversized North Seattle lot and a falling-down shack of a single car garage, our clients saw the potential for creating a truly useful and beautiful structure in their back yard. With clever design and a nod toward the main home, the new backyard cottage includes a 2-car garage with a shop and projects area, a main floor with full kitchen, 3/4 bath and laundry, and an upper multi-purpose loft, all of it built with beautiful and durable materials. Completed 2013.
living room remodelSplit-level entries can be tricky. They can either make you feel like you're entering a warren of stairs or they can be light and bright, providing clear sight-lines to open spaces. A '90s spec home suffered from the former, and a solution had nothing to do with the entry or the stairs. It was all about the living room. Completed 2013.
master suite & misc main floorA classic Mid-century Modern home with post and beam construction boasted beautiful Westerly views of the Olympics and a contemporary vibe but had some challenges as well. White was the dominant color, and the previous owner had installed Corian in lots of places--just not a lot on countertops. Additionally, the master suite was short on space. A master remodeling plan was conceived, with the first phase focusing on the main floor. Completed 2013.
main floor remodel
2013 REX Award winnerUsually projects involve remodeling one room in its same location (perhaps expanding a bit) or moving it to a whole new location. In this case, one bathroom became a powder bath, a laundry, an office and a TV room in the same footprint. How can that be? Well, wait until you see the bathroom. Completed 2013.
dormer addition & remodelA series of poorly thought out additions to a Brace Point beachfront home left it with awkward spaces, odd and dated finishes, and questionable structural integrity. A new dormer addition and rebuilding much of the beach side of the house solved those problems, using contemporary finishes and taking full advantage of the stunning views. Completed 2012.
whole house remodel
2012 REX Award winner
A 3-story Seattle home nestled on a forested bluff with panoramic views of water and mountains. It's a little slice of paradise that unfortunately was stuck squarely in 1985, when it was built. The owners had recently remodeled some of the basement level rooms, but the main floor and upstairs master suite were ready for a major update, along with the exterior of the home. The project included all new windows and doors, metal roof and siding, a tankless hot water heater, and enclosing an exterior deck to gain interior space. Completed 2012.
2012 PR Design Awards Silver
whole house remodel
2012 REX Award winner
Everything old is new again. A grand brick Tudor overlooking Lake Washington had an unfortunate '70s makeover of its main floor. The new owners were ready to put it right again, staying true to the original 1920s design and mahogany millwork, while adding some modern conveniences. Completed 2011.
2012 PR Design Awards Silver
dormer addition & whole house remodel
2012 REX Award winnerA classic Seattle view home with a classic problem: small spaces upstairs and a main floor with both red oak and fir flooring. The bath had been remodeled recently enough to desperately need another remodel to make it match the aesthetics of the home--that corner tub just had to go. And so it did as part of a dormer and main floor addition and a whole house remodel and refresh of all the finishes. Completed 2011.
addition & master suiteA cozy 1916 Craftsman with a unique curved front porch: how to keep from ruining the look of the house while doing a major addition? Tricky, but absolutely achievable. Completed 2011.
kitchen & dining room additionA sweet cottage on the hill above Alki had all kinds of charm but some serious floor plan issues. The kitchen was a long, narrow dead end, and on the other side of the main floor the potential for a circular floor plan was stymied by a wall where there really should have been a door. It was also nearly impossible for the owners to entertain, with a warren of small rooms and no space for a big dining room table. All of the problems were solved with a main floor addition that includes a kitchen and dining room. Completed 2010.
2010 REX Award winner
The kitchen is the heart of this home with bright, fresh colors that are contemporary and compelling. Along with the colorful custom cabinets and mosaic tile, this addition for two gourmet cooks includes a light-filled home office, a comfortable guest bath and a double bank of built-in cabinets that masquerades as a hall. This addition fits seamlessly into the original shape of the 1908 bungalow, and conceals super-insulation in walls and ceilings. Completed 2009.
2010 Chrysalis Award winner