Designed for a family of four, this updated residence provides a playground of pattern and color, with plenty of room to grow. Located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the original 1920s era bungalow interiors were tight and compartmentalized, lacking the functionality required by a modern family. The remodel energizes the existing structure with a new, two-story addition, and a reconfigured layout to maximize ease-of-use. These expanded spaces include lively punches of texture and detail to bring in the client’s taste, creating an environment that will suit their lives for years to come.
The sun-filled addition contributes around 150-square-feet of space to the first floor, and 100-square-feet to the basement, reconfiguring access to the outdoors on both levels. Facilitating the flow between the open-plan kitchen and the generous deck, the design incorporates a much-needed mudroom for soggy coats, shoes, and sports gear. French casement windows above the kitchen sink open onto a compact and accommodating outdoor bar, allowing food and drink to be easily passed to those relaxing on the deck. A small pop-out was also built on the East side of the home to ease flow around the formerly-cramped dining room and central staircase. The remodel also transforms the unprogrammed, bare bones basement area into a livable oasis, maximizing access to daylight by adding a backyard entry, and framing and finishing the walls and ceiling. A bathroom, family room with kitchenette, multipurpose guest room, storage room, woodshop, and utility space were designed to create a functional lower-level floorplan for a growing family.
The redesign includes a palette of unconventional colors and textures, providing a playful surprise around every corner. The kitchen is brightened with a backsplash of glossy, white, micro-herringbone tile, bordered by two-tone royal blue and white cabinetry with brass fixtures. The blue is carried into the dining space, where funky blue-and-gold patterned wallpaper creates an inviting mealtime ambiance. The primary bath includes an edgy black and white tile, underlying a luxurious Japanese soaking tub. Dual vanities framed by geometric lighting and mirrors echo the bold lines. In the mudroom, large scale hexagonal tiles fade into the hardwood floor, emphasizing the room’s role as threshold to the home. On the walls, deep sage-colored storage and seating provide a modern-yet-utilitarian backdrop for artifacts from an active family’s adventures.