Built in the 1940's, this house had a great location, but a small Kitchen. By removing the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room, the spaces now flow together and the Kitchen becomes the center of the home. A long narrow island defines the space and allows for increased work area and casual seating. The Kitchen also opens to a small Family room which also includes a built in desk as well as coat and shoe storage. The goal was to create an open cohesive space where everything has a place.
Originally built as a spec house, this remodel project backs right up to Mt Si. A large skylight and metal sliding door were added to all the house to view the outdoors from the center of the house. Steel, concrete, plywood and dark stained floors were used to give the house a modern feel.
Featured in Dwell Magazine - 2006
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Mercer Island Kitchen
Nestled next to a forested hill on the edge of a field overlooking the Bitterroot Valley, this home was sited to take advantage of the expansive view. Using reclaimed wood and local stone, the home blends old and new to create a natural retreat.
By adding on to the back of this West Seattle house, the Kitchen could be expanded to allow for a better work flow, central island and storage area for coats and shoes. The island incorporates seating and prep space that makes it easy to have large gatherings of family and friends and have a direct connection to the adjacent garden.
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Located on the top of Queen Anne with a view to the the adjacent park, this addition works to blend in with the existing 1920's home. An additional floor was added over the Garage and Main floor Family room to provide a Master Suite that connects to the other upstairs bedrooms.
This remodel was designed for a family who love to cook. Originally, the Kitchen was a separate room from the Kitchen and Dining room. We removed all the interior walls which allowed the three spaces to become one. A large central island becomes the focus of the space and defines the different areas.
This second story addition to a one story brick house uses a double sloped roof to take advantage of the south light and the western views. The deck off the Master bedroom provides a view to the Cascade mountains while providing a covered porch at the entry. Solar panels were installed on the roof and rainwater is collected from the central downspout to provide a more stainable design.
Some times a small change can make a big difference. In this partial bath remodel the sink was replaced with a simple modern pedestal. The wall and window frames were lined with cedar boards to add warmth and texture to the small room. A frameless mirror floats over the wood wall.
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