House Opened Up

for View

AWARD:

  •  ​Winner of 2012 Remodeling Excellence Award for “Major Remodel Excellence, $300k-$400k" given by King County Master Builders Association.

PROBLEMS:

  • After living here for 30 years, my Client wanted to change and update the feel of the house.

  • Front entry accessed by steep brick stairway was inhospitable; front door was rarely used.

  • Plumbing, electrical, heating, and insulation were outdated and inadequate.

  • Lower floor felt remote and dark; was rarely used.

  • Connection to front garden desired.

  • Kitchen and main floor bathroom were uninspired.

  • Storage was fragmented and inadequate.

SOLUTIONS:

  • Exterior brick stairway removed, replaced with glassed-in corner, opening up a great view and letting daylight penetrate deep into both levels of house.

  • Front door relocated to ground level and landscaping modified to create a welcoming entry.

  • Interior stairs relocated from back entry hall to front entry space, relieving a bottleneck there.

  • Interior finishes and fixtures improved and made consistent.

  • This project achieves a BuiltGreen 4-Star rating with insulation, energy-efficient windows, and air sealing.

entry AFTER
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new glassed-in front corner liberates expansive view
 upper floor AFTER                        upper floor BEFORE
front entry relocated to glassed-in stair tower, opening up excellent view to Montlake Cut
upper floor front corner AFTER
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lower AFTER               lower BEFORE
new entry tower lets light into simplified basement
basement front corner AFTER
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end of kitchen AFTER
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light and serene bathroom with custom cabinet handles