Situated in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, this modern home provides a fresh and refined take on farmhouse character. At just under 4,000 square feet, the newly-constructed family residence includes three stories and a full basement, making it much more spacious than the surrounding turn-of-the-century homes. Our design tucks the third story into the roofline, blending the residence’s generous size seamlessly with the scale of the neighborhood.
In designing the home on its tight, sloped lot, our team saw the site constraints as unique creative opportunities. Capitalizing on the verticality, we used the height and location to frame views and organize program elements and circulation. The farmhouse includes four bedrooms, two of which include dramatic vaulted ceilings. The third floor may be used as a fifth bedroom or office space, and opens onto a small deck with expansive views. Able to function as a suite of its own, the spacious basement includes a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry, and separate entrance.
Throughout the home there is a keen attention to detail, incorporating subtle nods to tradition within the bright, gracious, and modern interior. Built-ins offer plentiful storage options, from a sizable master walk-in closet, to under-stair kitchen cubbies, to a streamlined study spot for the kids on the second floor. The material palette is clean and elemental with sleek woods, bright whites, and soft neutrals.
Spanned by decorative beams, the main floor of the home is warm and welcoming, with an open-plan and high tray ceilings. The floor opens to the outdoors on multiple sides, including a small porch just off the entry, and a wraparound deck accessible from the kitchen and a pocket sliding door in the living room. Built around the southeast corner of the home, the deck is covered and heated, allowing outdoor living year-round. The kitchen is centered by an island featuring an apron-front sink, and features custom-made, Amish-crafted cabinetry. A cozy eat-in breakfast nook in the corner of the space provides the family a more intimate space to come together.