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Cottage remodel Seattle - remodeler Alki

kitchen & dining room addition


A 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.

Architect: Leo Smith Architectsremodeler Alki, cottage remodel Seattle

project features


  • Dining room and kitchen addition
  • Remodel of existing kitchen into butlers' pantry and desk area
  • Authentic reproduction of existing finishes in new areas

project photos


Click on the thumbnails to read the story of this cottage remodel.
You have to see the outside before the work to understand.  A cantilevered upper floor addition loomed over the main floor.  The small area to the left is the end of the kitchen.  No access to the back yard from the back of the house. Inside, you can see just how crowded this galley kitchen felt before the addition... a long, narrow hall terminating at the stove That hall is now lined with full-height cabinets and a desk area that leads into the spacious new kitchen and an eye-popping Blue Star range Outside, the home looks well planned and complete, with a metal shed roof, new windows and doors and siding to match the existing The cabinets are mix of mahogany and painted, with the painted cabinets in the kitchen proper and the mahogany on the dining room side and in the butler's pantry/desk area. The kitchen is outfitted with a mix of styles that work well together:  the farm-style sink and traditional chrome fixtures blend with flashy copper pots and a honed quartz countertop. On the adjacent wall, there's the Liebherr fridge and a wine cooler/bar area.  Note the arch that divides that area. Arches were added in three locations through the remodeled space to match this original arch in a front room.  It unifies the spaces so that it's difficult to tell the addition is new. New Loewen wood clad windows are a good match with the original windows and dark millwork.  The millwork was stained with aniline dye throughout for consistent stain color.  The old red oak wood floors were also stained and refinished to blend in with the new floors in the addition. The addition also affords space for a dining room, which includes a beautiful 4-panel Loewen sliding door system.  It provides open access from the rear of the home into the beautiful garden and fire pit areas. Where there was once a wall, there are now French doors from the media room into the dining room.  Circular floor plan complete, finishes true to the original, and a home that is now raring to go for entertaining.


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