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1212 NE 65th StreetSeattle, WA 98115206.523.1618

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December 7, 2018 5:07 pm

Washington’s Newest National Historic District

As December rolls on and 2018 comes to a close, we’re looking back at one of our major projects from the past year: Larry and Lani’s work spearheading the establishment the Ravenna-Cowen North National Historic District! Washington’s newest NHD, roughly bounded by NE 65th Street on the north, Ravenna ravine on the east, Ravenna and Cowen Parks on the south, and 12th Avenue NE on the west, was officially entered into the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 2018.

The nomination was unanimously approved by the WA Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP) this June, and was added to the Washington Heritage Register, which includes historic and cultural properties that have been recognized for their unique contributions to Washington’s heritage. (You can read more about this part of the process here.)

The district includes 443 homes, most constructed prior to the early 1930s. The average construction date for contributing resources is 1918. This district exhibits a special character, scale, and setting that represents a period of population growth and housebuilding resulting from the excitement generated by the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the State University (now the UW main campus) and lasting through the Great Depression.

The district exhibits the range of architectural styles of its era(s). Although homes are relatively modest, styles include Craftsman, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival. Many designs were taken directly from pattern books and kit home catalogs from the early 1900s to the 1930s. The existing cohesive neighborhood conveys a unique feeling in place and time.

Larry E. Johnson, AIA served pro bono as Lead Historian for this project. Both Lani and Larry Johnson devoted hundreds of hours to this project. The application for historic designation was prepared by the Friends of Ravenna-Cowen, an all-volunteer organization whose purpose is “To preserve and protect the heritage of the Ravenna-Cowen neighborhood as a community resource for all.”

 

 

 

 

 

December 4, 2018 4:24 pm

Finishing up the Madison Heights Bungalow Project

The last windows have been installed, the plumbing is functional, and the final inspection has been conducted! The contractor is finishing a few last items before the client moves in.

The front of the house is ready for spring with fresh new plantings.

The front of the house is ready for spring with fresh new plantings.

A raised bed planter in the back yard provides easy plant access, a universal design feature.

A raised bed planter, a feature of universal design, provides easy access to gardening space and a view of a tree in the backyard.

The clients provided numerous antique mill stones for a casual path to the side yard.

The clients provided numerous antique millstones for a casual and whimsical path to the side yard.

This has to be the smallest kitchen we have ever designed. It consists of what you see here and a 24" refrigerator off to the right!

This has to be the smallest kitchen we have ever designed. It consists of what you see here plus a 24-inch refrigerator off to the right!

November 26, 2018 10:42 am

Union City Addition Almost Complete

The Union City project is nearing completion. There are a few small items left to clean up, the bookcase needs to be filled, and the furniture needs to be moved in. The universal design/aging-in-place features in the bathroom and bedroom will serve the client well in the coming years

Exterior showing the new addition with salvaged brick and the garden gate.

The bedroom windows look out onto the client’s garden.

The washer and dryer cabinet will have doors that fold into the cabinet when doing laundry.

The curbless shower with grab bars.

Corner windows and vanity in the bathroom. The medicine cabinet to the right is located within easy reach.

November 15, 2018 3:46 pm

Ravenna-Cowen Historic District in the Daily Journal of Commerce

The brand new Ravenna-Cowen National Historic District is featured in today’s edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce! Larry and Lani spearheaded this undertaking, and along with a team of neighborhood volunteers researched, described, and categorized more than 400 homes.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting more about the designation process. In the meantime, you can read the DJC article here:

 


November 15, 2018

It’s official: Ravenna-Cowen area named National Historic District


By JOURNAL STAFF

Photo by John Stewart [enlarge]
This classic Craftsman bungalow is in the Ravenna-Cowen North National Historic District.

Ravenna-Cowen North in Seattle is Washington’s newest National Historic District.

The district is roughly bounded by Northeast 65th Street on the north, Ravenna ravine on the east, Ravenna and Cowen Parks on the south, and 12th Avenue Northeast on the west.

Friends of Ravenna-Cowen said in a release that the new district includes 443 homes, most built prior to the early 1930s. The character, scale and setting represent the period of population growth and home building that followed the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at what is now the University of Washington, and lasted through the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s.

The architectural styles in the district are mainly Craftsman, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival. Many designs were taken directly from pattern books and kit home catalogs from the early 1900s to the 1930s.

The historic designation application was prepared by Friends of Ravenna-Cowen, a volunteer nonprofit focused on the heritage of the neighborhood.

Larry E. Johnson, a member of Friends and principal of The Johnson Partnership, worked pro bono as lead historian for the project.

The area was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 13, after being approved by the WA Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and added to the Washington Heritage Register.

 

November 12, 2018 9:29 am

Madison Heights Bungalow Addition & Remodel Nears Completion

Completion is in sight for this addition and remodel on the eastern side of Capitol Hill. The owners will be moving boxes and furniture in anticipation of being granted occupancy in the next couple weeks. All the heavy floor protection shown in the pictures below has since been removed. This will likely be the last installment of progress photos until the clients are fully moved in and the house is furnished and occupied.

The sunroom always seems to have great light; and once the yard gets established it will have a lovely garden right outside the window.

The sunroom always has great light. Once the yard is established there will be a lovely garden right outside the window.

The bathroom wainscot has been installed and the curb-less shower will have its glass door soon.

The bathroom wainscot has been installed, and a glass door will soon be added to the curbless shower.

The back porch and stair are an extension of the line of the sunroom cantilever.

The back porch and stair are an extension of the line of the sunroom cantilever.

The original single brackets at the front door have been doubled to add emphasis to the entry.

The original single brackets at the front door have been doubled to add emphasis to the entry.

9:13 am

Howard interviewed by Bontena

An interview with our own Howard Miller is currently featured on the business and branding website Bontena. Howard discusses what inspired him to become an architect, the design and building process, and the challenges of building a new house in booming Seattle.

You can read the entire interview here.

 

 

 

October 29, 2018 9:41 am

New Portfolio on our Website

We’re pleased to share the portfolio of a recent kitchen remodel we wrapped up earlier this fall. The 1925 house in West Seattle is a Prairie-style Sears kit home. Katherine Buker of Buker Bespoke did the remodeling work, which included tulip-motif cut-outs in the cabinets. Portfolio images by photographer Jim Houston.

You can see the entire portfolio here.

October 26, 2018 2:33 pm

The Cedar Park Remodel is Progressing

Today we’re checking in on the Cedar Park project, a remodel that includes creating an open-plan great room on the main floor and taking advantage of the Lake Washington view. With the framing completed, the final form of the space is finally starting to be visible. Installation of the plumbing, electrical, and heating systems is wrapping up, with insulation and wall board coming in the near future.

The transom windows above the folding doors add substantial natural light to the living room.

The transom windows above the folding doors add substantial natural light to the living room.

The steel column has been connected to all the floor structure needing support, so the last temporary support can be removed.

The steel column has been connected to all the floor structure needing support, so the last temporary support can be removed.

The seating area has tall windows and is open to the living room and kitchen.

The seating area has tall windows and is open to the living room and kitchen.

October 15, 2018 9:30 am

TJP at the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair

Last weekend we were pleased to be the featured architect at the Wallingford Historic Homes Fair at the Good Shepherd Center. This annual event features local designers, builders, and suppliers offering expertise in historic renovation and preservation. The event also included lectures, seminars, and “Ask-an-Expert” panels, and covered topics such as researching your home’s history, earthquake retrofitting, and the process of landmarking historic buildings. Howard and Audrey represented the firm and met a variety of homeowners, from renovation veterans to new homeowners seeking inspiration.

October 8, 2018 12:31 pm

The Union City Addition works seamlessly with the original house

We’re closing in on the final finishes in this small, sensitive addition to a home originally designed by William Bain, located near Montlake Playfield south of Portage Bay.

The shower has been tiled and is ready for trim and glass.

The shower has been tiled and is ready for trim and glass.

The sitting room/ library/ guests bedroom has full height windows to the private rear yard.

The sitting room/ library/ guest bedroom has full-height windows looking out on the private rear yard.

The addition has a brick base and siding to match the existing residence.

The addition has a brick base and siding that matches the existing residence.