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Montlake Addition

This two-phase project, spanning more than five years, reconfigured a Craftsman-style house in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and added a second floor.

In phase one the ground floor was completely reconfigured. This included lowering the garage to create a patio, forging a positive connection to the back yard and the Ship Canal beyond. Two main-floor bedrooms were re-purposed as the kitchen and family room, while the original kitchen became the guest bedroom. The bathroom remained in its original location with updated fixtures and finishes. We turned the stair to the upper floor, so that it now lands in the family room rather than the dining room.

Five years later we moved ahead with phase two. We added a front porch and an upper floor with three bedrooms, a bath, and a master suite. Custom brackets, tapered porch columns, and a curved porch beam exemplify the level of detail and craft involved in this project. The expanded front porch and additional space make this house ideal for family life.

The master bathroom uses an updated tile scheme based on the historic “sanitary white” schemes of the 1920s. Natural fir cabinetry warms the space, providing a Northwest feel. The bathroom includes a soaking pedestal tub, walk-in shower, double sink vanity, and heated floors. The space feels generous due to space-saving designs, semi-encast.

Photos © Howard Miller, Mike Hipple, Lani Doely

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