Phase one of this remodel near Seward Park is starting to come together. The original mid-century modern house had a small master bathroom and lacked a direct connection to the back yard.
We opened up the center of the house to provide views of the backyard from the front of the house. We also enlarged the bathroom to provide space for a full-size shower with a linear drain. A new deck will step down to the rear yard.
Phase two will remodel the kitchen and guest bathroom.
New french doors provide a link to the back yard.
The new deck steps down from the interior to grade.
View of the new master bathroom.
The entry is on the southeast. The great room windows face south.
Things are really coming together on this project. The home is designed for passive solar heating in the winter, with extra insulation, and careful detailing it is going to be both a beautiful and comfortable place to live.
The overhang in the roof over the great room should completely shade the doors and windows on the south side.
A masonry wood heater in the living room should keep the house warm in the winter.
Construction should be finishing up next month.
Details at the entry, such as stepping up into the home, and sliding doors are inspired by our client’s Japanese heritage.
Our design for this residence won the AIA People’s Choice award at FutureShack 2010.
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Recent photos show construction is finishing up.
These are the view windows, but you can also see how the driveway slopes down from the street. The home is designed with a wheelchair accessible accessory dwelling unit, and the ability to retrofit an elevator at a later date.
Even though there are still construction materials in the photo, you can get a sense of how great the view is from this West Seattle Residence.
Last week we observed our design for a timberframe gazebo being installed at the Ambleside Loveless project. The gazebo is perfect for this site, the owners will use it for outdoor dining almost year round. It is designed to have outdoor heaters and electricity when it is finished. Ross Grier from Bellingham Bay Builders came down to install it. Click here to find out more about the remodel project: Ambleside Remodel. Click here to find out more about the waterfront Cabana we also designed for this project.
We just visited a project that is nearing completion. The client wanted to add a second floor balcony to their Tudor style residence in the Denny Blaine neighborhood. The design had to complement the existing house and be historically accurate. Our challenge was to create a design that was supported by the existing structure without adding any columns or disturbing the existing house below.
One of the final pieces to be installed is the balcony railing. All the pieces were designed and detailed by The Johnson Partnership and custom milled at O.B. Williams in Seattle out of mahogany and delivered to the site for final painting and assembly. The last few pieces will be installed in the next few days and copper caps will be added to the large posts supporting the railing.
View of the railing and balcony nearing completion.
Detail of custom milled quatrefoils.
Detail of the bottom rail waiting installation of the final pieces.
We visited a house designed for solar gain in the winter and shade in the summer based on the sun angles at the winter and summer solstices. It is made of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) which were lifted into place last week. The contractor said he can already tell that the light is coming further and further into the house as we get into the fall season.
The Ravenna Basement project is just about complete, and we will be posting our final portfolio images in the next couple of months.
In the meantime, the owners have moved in and are enjoying their new spaces.
The bathroom takes advantage of a small space, while artfully supplying all of the amenities.
The media room provides a space for quiet retreat.
A clever treatment for the under-stair closet door.
Construction has begun on a custom timber frame picnic shelter. Enjoy the short quicktime movie to get a sense of the structure. It will also have outdoor heaters and a chandelier!
A short walk around the picnic shelter
The shelter as seen from the patio.
Well the permit for a small stair addition was issued today. Construction should begin later this spring. While a small project it will provide enclosed access from the main floor to the lower floor – a major improvement for this multi generational household.
We stopped by the Ravenna basement remodel today to fine tune the tile layout.
Hexagonal tile, white beadboard wainscoting, clawfoot tub, and pedestal sink will make the bathroom feel like a special place in this early 1900s craftsman house. We designed a custom tile pattern to bring it all together.
We also got a nice photo of the new laundry room. It isn’t quite finished, but it is charming.