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seattle outdoor design - Ventana Construction porch remodel seattle

recent projects - basements & outdoor spaces

Basement remodels are a common choice in Seattle to create more space in your home, whether it's lifting the house for more head height or digging down. Building a new garage can create not only a place to park your car, but also the possibility of storage, a shop, or even an upstairs apartment in Seattle. Balconies and decks can help you take in our gorgeous views. What will you do with your home? Ventana Construction can help you figure out what's possible for your outdoor space remodel.

Custom Basement Remodel Seattle, Seattle basement remodel Admiral

basement remodel

A classic Arts & Crafts home in West Seattle's Admiral District was well-preserved, with an updated kitchen. Only one problem: just two bedrooms on the main floor. The basement had been partially finished with several rooms as well, but none met fire code for egress. The new design features three bedrooms, a sleek master bath and a revised media room. Now the whole family can sleep on one level of the home. Completed 2012.
The porch is anchored by a custom steel railing that is duplicated at the sidewalk entry to the home--a unique design feature that really sets this project apart.  All of the wood interiors of the windows were finished with a low-VOC finish--Osmo Polyx Oil.  Other low- no-VOC finishes were used in other locations.

green exterior makeover

Faced with a '50s rambler home whose exterior was in desperate need of replacement and an underwhelming level of energy efficiency, the owners of this West Seattle home set apart planning a project with two goals: substantially change the feel of the exterior, and meticulously increase safety and energy efficiency, all while keeping green building practices as a guiding principle. Completed 2013.
The finished space is comfortable, warm and functional, with a main living room/bedroom that includes a nook for a computer.

basement dig-down & remodel

A growing household needed separate and private space for an older family member. The best solution was to dig down in an existing undeveloped basement to create a suite of rooms with a separate entrance and easy access to the rest of the house, while keeping finishes utilitarian. All that digging came with some unique challenges. Completed 2013.
Craftsman porch Remodel Seattle, Seattle porch rebuild, Outdoor entryway remodel


A sweet 1913 Craftsman home was slowly sinking at its front porch. Brick columns had come loose and the solid concrete steps were separating from the house, dragging railings down with them. Shoring and a facelift was in order. Completed 2011.
West Seattle outdoor remodel, Seattle garage plans builders

garage & shop

Two goals were met with this garage replacement project on West Seattle's Gatewood Hill: the eyesore of an old garage was removed, and a new, functional garage and shop space went in, providing ample parking and a secure gate to the backyard. Completed 2010.

garage & shop

The owners of this Capitol Hill home had their priorities in order: create a potting room to fuel their expansive garden, build a shop for projects, and a small carport to shelter their vehicle. The result is a Japanese-inspired cedar building that compliments their garden instead of detracting from it. A rain chain and barrel helps with irrigation, light-transmitting panels in the roof illuminate it, and Shoji doors conceal the potting area. Completed 2008.
remodeler Shoreline custom stairs, outdoor space design Seattle

spiral stair & deck

This Shoreline home has million-dollar views. The problem was, the owners had a hard time actually seeing them. The solution, custom spiral stairs up to a new deck that not only provides views, but also compliments the home's entry. Completed 2009.

basement remodel

We've built out our share of basements and this is one of our favorites. A West Seattle spec home had a completely unfinished basement/garage area. We walled off the space, installed new windows to match the configuration of ones upstairs, built in a desk and finished out the walls with bead board wainscoting. It was supposed to be a playroom for the kids, but we think Dad may get a little use out of it too. Completed 2009.
West Seattle Balcony remodel, outdoor space remodel

balcony remodel

A little peekaboo balcony is all the West Seattle owners of this new construction home got from the original builder to take in their fabulous city view.  They made plans for an expanded deck over lower-level living space, and the results are spectacular. Completed 2008.
mother in law basement remodel, garage builders Seattle

basement & garage

The goal: to upgrade heating for this beautiful U-District home, finish out the basement into a large mother-in-law unit, by adding a basement bathroom and kitchen. Also to build a new 2-car garage in the back yard, and create a laundry room upstairs. The project involved foundation and concrete work, along with new steel beams and framing in the basement area. Final finishes included Ikea cabinets with solid surface countertops and a floating wood floor. Completed 2008.
remodeler Freemont, Custom Deck Builder Seattle

deck build & siding

The owner of this Fremont home wanted to replace the existing siding and create an inspired and beautiful deck area. The architect called for the use of cedar and Ipea to create the trellises and railing systems, using galvanized spacers between the Ipea rails. The result is a light and bright deck area with rich wood texture. Completed 2005.

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