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1212 NE 65th StreetSeattle, WA 98115206.523.1618

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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.

September 28, 2018 3:06 pm

Introducing the Cedar Park Kitchen & Great Room Remodel

We’ve recently begun construction on a new remodeling project in the Cedar Park neighborhood of Lake City. The house originally had walls separating the kitchen, dining room, and a sunken living room. We’ll be creating an open plan for the main floor and a more functional kitchen, and opening up the space to the views of Lake Washington. The new great room will comprise the dining, family, and living rooms, with the kitchen adjacent.

Demolition has already been completed and framing is underway.

Old windows removed and ready for the new windows.

Out with the old windows; ready for the new.

The old sunken living room has now been brought up tot he height of the rest of the floor.

The old sunken living room has now been brought up level with the rest of the floor.

The floor joists have been cut back to allow for the new steel beam which will allow for the large open space.

The floor joists have been cut back to allow for the new steel beam, which will allow for the large open space of the great room.

September 7, 2018 11:19 am

Filling the Madison Heights Bungalow Addition with Light

With drywall complete and painting underway, this remodel and addition are ready for trim and cabinets. The whole space is coming together rapidly.

the original cove ceiling has been repaired and all new lighting and speakers installed.

The original cove ceiling has been repaired, and all-new lighting and speakers installed.

The skylight and cathedral ceiling in the bathroom create a dramatic space.

The skylight and cathedral ceiling in the bathroom create a dramatic space.

The pyramidal skylight well in the kitchen will help define the space while reducing the need for artificial light.

The pyramidal skylight well in the kitchen will help define the space while reducing the need for artificial light.

August 22, 2018 9:25 am

The completed Normandy Park Kitchen remodel

This project wrapped up several months ago, but we just now had the opportunity to visit and take a few scouting photographs. The clients are very pleased with the transformation of their kitchen.

You can see images of this as a work in progress here and here.

looking from the entry towards the kitchen.

Looking from the entry towards the kitchen. The island has a heated countertop to take the chill out of cold winter mornings.

Looking from the kitchen towards the dining room and fireplace.

Looking from the kitchen towards the dining room and fireplace.

The island cabinet is stained dark to coordinate with the furniture and the perimeter cabinets are white to keep the bright open look of the original architecture.

The island cabinet is stained dark to coordinate with the furniture, and the perimeter cabinets are white to keep the bright, open look of the original architecture.

August 9, 2018 10:52 am

Madison Heights Bungalow: Pre-Drywall & Post-Drywall

Today we’re catching up on all the recent progress at the Madison Heights Bungalow project on the eastern side of Capitol Hill. After the house systems (electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) were roughed in, we photographed every wall and ceiling. This makes any future modifications or troubleshooting easier down the line: like taking pre-emptive X-rays!

A wall in the kitchen prior to drywall.

A wall in the kitchen prior to drywall.

a portion of the basement ceiling showing the amount of systems that are within a ceiling.

This portion of the basement ceiling reveals just how many systems are contained within.

The back porch ready for siding and handrails.

The back porch is ready for siding and handrails.

Just a few brackets under the cantilevered portion of the addition.

Just a few (!) brackets supporting the cantilevered portion of the sunroom. These provide a nice visual reference to the brackets on the front of the house.

 

 

Once the documentation was complete, we proceeded with installing the drywall. Meanwhile, the carpenters move to the exterior to work on the porches and siding.

The sunroom is already exhibiting great daylighting, as planned.

The sunroom is already exhibiting great daylighting, as planned. The skylights have integral blinds that will keep out the heat when needed.

With the drywall in the upper floor the recycled walnut beams are nicely highlighted.

The upper floor showcases the recycled walnut beams and exposed brick chimney.

The basement is dedicated to climate controlled storage.

The basement is dedicated to climate-controlled storage.

July 30, 2018 4:42 pm

North Bend timber frame project featured in PNW Magazine

We were surprised and delighted to open the Sunday Seattle Times yesterday and see one of our long-ago projects featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine. In the early 1980s, Larry was approached by a contractor friend who in turn had been contacted by a couple wanting to build a timber frame house in the woods outside of North Bend. Larry agreed to the project, in spite of knowing next to nothing about timberframing. At the time the company did not yet have an office building and his and Lani’s home was being renovated, which meant that he drew up the plans for the house sitting at his kitchen table.

At the time the only resource for learning how to build in the timber frame style was a book called “Building the Timber Frame House” by Tedd Benson. Larry read the book and designed the joints according to the book’s hand-drawn instructions. The craft was still so obscure that the permitting office didn’t even have protocol for reviewing the plans, so Larry and the team brought in a scaled model of the house to show the permit reviewers and to explain how the whole thing fit together.

The clients procured fixtures for the house with skill and ingenuity: From one day to the next Pat and Daucey would have come into a heap of salvaged flooring materials; the day after Larry finished an initial design for the kitchen, Pat announced they’d sourced a vintage back bar for the refrigerator, which sent Larry back to the old drawing board (rather, the old kitchen table).

We’re so pleased to see the house again, and that the family has been happy there for all these years.

You can see more of our timber frame projects here.

The house, shown here shortly after its completion, seems to glow from within, lighting up the dark Northwest evenings. Photo by Lani Johnson

Photo by Lani Johnson

From “Building the Timber Frame House” by Tedd Benson, 1980

 

July 23, 2018 8:42 am

Ravenna-Cowen North is a Designated Historic District!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington State’s newest historic district is Ravenna-Cowen North in Seattle! This historic district, 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 unanimously approved by the WA Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP) on June 29, 2018. The district has been added to the Washington Heritage Register, which includes historic and cultural properties that have been recognized for their unique contributions to Washington’s heritage. The ACHP also unanimously approved recommending the district for listing on the National Register. The WA Department of Archaeology and Historic preservation (DAHP) will send this request and documentation to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC, and we’ll provide another update after that.

The Ravenna-Cowen North Historic district includes 443 homes, most constructed prior to the early 1930s, with a districtwide average construction date of contributing resources of 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 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the State University (now the University of Washington main campus) grounds in 1909 and lasting through the devastating economic Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s. Ravenna-Cowen North Historic District’s period of significance begins in 1906, with the anticipation of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and runs to the early 1930s, with only a handful of homes built from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Ravenna-Cowen North Historic District exhibits the range of residential architectural styles prevalent during one of Seattle’s greatest population growth periods. Styles mainly include Craftsman, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival styles; many designs were taken directly from pattern books and kit home catalogs dating from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Most of the district’s residences are relatively modest. The existing cohesive neighborhood conveys a unique feeling in place and time.

The application for historic designation was prepared by the Friends of Ravenna-Cowen, an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization whose purpose is “To preserve and protect the heritage of the Ravenna-Cowen neighborhood as a community resource for all.” Larry and Lani Johnson, of The Johnson Partnership, were part of the hardworking team, and Larry was the lead Historian for the effort. Larry & Lani attended the June 29 ACHP meeting on behalf of the Friends of Ravenna-Cowen.

-Lani

PS – Larry & I have collectively contributed more than 900 pro bono hours to this project in 2018!! The entire FORC team put in a lot of time. Steve Campbell prepared the maps.

 

The Ravenna Trolley in 1895

 

 

This craftsman bungalow is typical of the style and quality throughout the district.

This map shows the district boundaries and the individual properties within.