Full interior remodel of KIrkland NW Contemporary
This was a fantastic project starting with an all original (and outdated) interior. It was a good house from a structural standpoint, offering a nice substrate to create a modern, open layout and to build in some awesome design elements. We opened up the main living area, making one great open space where the kitchen, with its custom and contemporary walnut cabinetry, flowed into the family room, with its soaring vaulted, Douglas fir-clad ceiling. We rounded this grand space out with new recessed lighting, unique architectural metal and wood details, and a frameless gas fireplace, which we seamlessly integrated into the space.
The master bathroom turned out amazing with a huge teak-floored shower and deep soaking tub, all integrated into one large, open concept wet room. In order to make the space one of a kind, we brought in other touches, such as heated limestone tile floors, a custom Walnut linen tower and Hans Grohe bath fixtures.
This project integrated great design, smart use of space and a high level of craftsmanship all converging for a simply beautiful result.
House lift/new addition Snohomish 1910 Craftsman
This was an amazing transformation. We started with a 1,200 square foot house that had serious settling issues, and was still suffering from a bad remodel done in the late 40’s. It was in need of some serious love.
We lifted the house and excavated and installed a new foundation. A large two-story addition was added to the house, with careful consideration given to maintaining the historical architecture of the building. All new and modern heating, plumbing and electrical systems were installed behind the walls. We took great care in the selection and installation of the finishes so that they remained consistent with the original design of the era, while still providing modern functionality.
The result was a fantastic transition to a 3,200 square foot home with truly seamless integration of old and new.
New second story Seattle mid century
Architecturally speaking, a mid-century home can lend itself well to the addition of a second story. In this case, the addition of a contemporary second-story master suite made total sense, architecturally, structurally and financially. We were able to remove an old, unnecessarily low ceiling on the existing main floor, replacing it with nine-foot ceilings and new floor-to-ceiling windows.
This completely changed the vibe of the house. It brightened the space and made it feel much more open and spacious. For access to the new upper-floor master suite, we introduced custom-fabricated blackened steel stair stringers and rails, combined with stained white oak treads. The stair was a striking contemporary statement, set in place without posts or walls to keep the look light and elegant. We matched the low-slope pitch of the existing architecture in the second floor addition. We utilized a combination of matching existing exterior elements and new contemporary texturing and colors to bring the addition to life. “Comfortable elegance” would be an apt description for the master suite. A deep soaking tub surrounded by large windows, an oversized curb-less shower and heated tile floors rounded out the design.
Backyard Cottage/ADU in Issaquah
We designed this space to be a “his-and-hers” office in the short term, while leaving the option open to transition it into an accessory dwelling unit in the future, should the property owners want to rent it out as an income source, or use it as accommodations for aging parents. The design was a 700 square foot, open concept structure with a radius roof and a unique combination of horizontal and vertical metal siding, black aluminum windows and standing-seam metal roof.
Some of the elements on the interior included heated concrete floors that were ground to expose the aggregate, and then waxed for an industrial, yet refined finish. The millwork and cabinetry was done with clear, vertical-grain Douglas fir, which takes on a nice patina and becomes more gold in color with age. This project was a beautiful blend of northwest classic and contemporary elements brought together in highly functional and flexible space.
Kitchen/ master suite Bellevue NW contemporary
In this project, it was very important to the client that the client’s family could stay in the house as we built a new kitchen and master suite for them. They needed to be able to continue to live in the house without too much interruption of their daily lives. We were able to accomplish this by containing the existing kitchen and the master suite with dust walls and a ventilation system. We set up a temporary kitchen and dining area for the family, and utilized the guest bedroom during the remodel. We also employed a strategy of getting all of the specifications and cabinet shop drawings dialed in and ordered before we even started demolition. That way, we were able to minimize the family’s time without their kitchen and master suite.
We completed the demolition and rebuild very efficiently, and we took great care to keep the work zones contained, clean and safe. In the end, we delivered a new kitchen layout with a combination of painted and natural wood cabinets, as well as quartz counter tops at the perimeter, with a Carrera marble island top. We removed the old linoleum floors and expanded the hardwoods into the kitchen. We expanded the master suite to swallow up a small, low-functioning bedroom, creating a walk-in closet. We designed a new layout for the master bath, and added awesome new fixtures, as well as a large custom-tiled shower with built-in niches and frameless glass.
Northwest classic custom home
This project started with an old house in need of a large-scale remodel or replacement. After analyzing the pros and cons of keeping the existing house, the decision was made to demolish and start fresh. In this case, the structural and systems upgrades necessary for the desired result were far-reaching enough that it made sense. We were able to maximize the lot coverage while still maintaining a decent-sized back yard.
The decision was made early on to leave the basement mostly unfinished, reserved for phase two. This decision did not affect the usability or beauty of the home, as the family typically entered from the finished stairwell from the garage, and guests would typically enter on the main floor.
This was a great project that suited the family, blended well with the rest of the house and added to the character of the neighborhood.