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recent projects - major remodels & additions

Whole-house remodels and additions to existing homes are some of the more complex projects that we do. They often involve foundation and other structural work, along with an overhaul of the plumbing, heating and electrical systems. Large-scale remodeling projects are also a lot of fun because there's an opportunity for a complete update, expansion and restoration of your home.
updated kitchen in west seattle main floor remodel
After photos by Cindy Apple Photography

whole house remodel

It’s not every project where you find a root cellar hidden behind sheetrock and a structural hold-down attached to nothing, among other surprises. This pushed the scope of work to the entire main and upper floors after initial demolition, along with a good portion of the basement. The resulting remodel is a solid nod to the craftsman provenance of the house, melded with contemporary updates. The weird ‘70s-style windows upstairs are gone, along with an odd bay window at the entry. Completed 2022.
updated kitchen in west seattle main floor remodel

main floor addition & remodel

This West Seattle home had seen its share of remodeling, and yet a proper foundation was never installed in its many years. This was rectified at the same time a small entry addition and landing was added. But the real work was in substantially rearranging the main floor plan, flip-flopping the kitchen and dining area, expanding the main floor bath, and then adding a bath to the basement. New flooring with radiant heat keeps the house cozy and compliments the contemporary finishes and exposed beams. Completed 2022.
updated kitchen in admiral whole house remodel

admiral whole house remodel

It’s hard to find an older home that hasn’t settled a bit, but this 1950s home was sinking noticeably toward one corner of the foundation. Task number one was to bring that area back to as level as possible. Then the remodeling could begin: new windows and doors, kitchen and two baths, new wood flooring, stairs, railings and the rest. Even the basement had a bit of a makeover for what now feels like a brand new home. Completed 2021.
2-floor addition and regrading of front yard, rockery and entry paths
After photos by Cindy Apple Photography

fauntlee whole house remodel

This 1950s with good bones suffered from an uninviting entry with a monolithic fireplace chimney, too-steep concrete steps and an interior plan that was cramped and dark. The new design added bedroom space at both floors where that fireplace was, raised the ceiling in part of the main floor and completely reconfigured and opened up the floor plans on both floors. The result is an elegant, contemporary home filled with light and lots of art, including a steel piece that featured as part of the entry floor. Remodeling the carport at the front of the home into a steel and Ipe structure with a green roof makes the transformation complete. Completed in 2019.
Sometimes a very small addition can make a huge difference

arroyos second level addition

Universal design is the driving force behind the design for this project, which includes a main floor laundry room and entry addition, and a new full second story and deck. Looking ahead to the likelihood of needing a wheelchair, every area was designed for easy access. That means a gently sloped approach to the new entry, an elevator to the second level, and wider door openings. The upper level bath also has a large and wide-open shower with attractive grab bars and one of the sink cabinets is constructed so that the door and sides below can be removed as needed for use by someone in a wheelchair. The project also features a wall of carved wood panels in the hall, along with a somewhat complicated retrofitting and rehanging of a carved wood door from Asia for the office.  Completed 2019.
Sometimes a very small addition can make a huge difference

kitchen and living room addition

Sometimes a very small addition can make a huge difference. The main floor of this 1920s Wallingford bungalow was dominated by lots of tiny rooms. The dining room was closed off by a door from a dead-end kitchen, while a tiny main floor bedroom behind it was the only exit into the backyard. A 2' addition on that small room allowed it to be converted into a living room that blends naturally into the kitchen space, and provides attractive access into the yard. By opening the wall to the dining room, this is now an open, light and bright space that is well loved and perfect for entertaining. Completed 2017.
Whole house remodel of Capitol Hill home
After photos by Rick Dahms Photographer

whole house remodel

It all started with a leaky dishwasher. Plans for a kitchen remodel (the '70s laminate cabinets were not the thing for this grand Capitol Hill home filled with fir millwork) included opening the space up to the dining room and a new laundry in the basement. Then two baths, a complete electrical overhaul and more followed, with many unique and custom touches. The home is now updated and is true to its 1909 provenance. Completed 2017.
Madison Park Interior Remodel
After photos by Rick Dahms Photographer

madison park interior remodel

Mid-century modern homes are remarkably versatile palettes from which to plan a whole-house remodel. This classic post and beam ‘60s home benefitted from walls of windows and intimate private spaces, but was in desperate need of a revisioning. An overhaul of whole-house heating and electrical systems underpinned the work, which included new bathrooms, laundry and kitchen, a library, exterior door systems and an understated valance for privacy shades. The result is an elegant home that both celebrates the original design intent and provides the functionality of the present day. Completed 2016.
The bathroom is placed squarely in the corner of the new dormer, where it benefits from windows and bright interior colors. It includes a custom vanity and Pental cappuccino counters.

dormer addition

A 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.
Sliding doors open onto a new deck, which overlooks a backyard with fruit trees and new landscaping

dining room addition

It'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.
The new gas insert fireplace can now be thoroughly enjoyed, flanked by custom-built cabinets. The cabinets were designed to hold audio/ video equipment, so have panels made from fabric to all heat and sound out. Concealed lighting brightens display shelves on each side.

living room remodel

Split-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.
That boring dining room is no more. 'The horizontal cedar and fir on the fireplace wall warm up the room, and integrate the two-sided fireplace into the room. West Seattle major remodel

main floor remodel

2013 REX Award winner

Usually 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.
A new dormer addition and rebuilding much of the beach side of the house led to taking full advantage of the stunning views, modern addition seattle

dormer addition & remodel

A 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.
By removing the old fireplace and selecting a living room wall as the location for a new gas fireplace, the floor plan is now open.  Throughout, the short-length red oak flooring was replaced with larger-format quarter sawn white oak flooring with no stain.  It's a subtle but amazing change. west Seattle major remodel

whole house remodel

2012 REX Award winner
2012 PR Design Awards Silver

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.
By removing the old fireplace and selecting a living room wall as the location for a new gas fireplace, the floor plan is now open.  Throughout, the short-length red oak flooring was replaced with larger-format quarter sawn white oak flooring with no stain.  It's a subtle but amazing change. West Seattle whole house remodel

whole house remodel

2012 REX Award winner
2012 PR Design Awards Silver

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.
The centerpiece of the remodel is this spa-like bath.  Accents of glass block at the shower and window, with frosted glass on the operating windows keeps this new master bath light and bright and private at the same time.  The central skylight brings in additional glow to this serene space, dormer addition Seattle

dormer addition & whole house remodel

2012 REX Award winner

A 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.
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addition & master suite

A 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.
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.

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.
Contemporary Custom Addition Seattle, modern addition seattle
After photos © 2009 Sheila Addleman Photography

modern addition

2010 REX Award winner
2010 Chrysalis 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.

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