With historic homes built in the early 1900s, Magnolia is a great neighborhood for those who work in downtown Seattle. But, as with many homes of the era, the architecture on this Tudor-inspired brick home was very compartmentalized and not functioning well for a modern family a four. Combined with a small, confined lot, this renovation offered some unique challenges.
We maximized the available lot footprint, creating the largest addition possible which added an extra two feet to the kitchen area. Two feet may not sound like a lot of additional space, but it gave us just enough area to open up the kitchen, making it feel inviting (yet still fit within the traditional style of the neighborhood).
The main focus of the remodel was the kitchen/nook. We put in new electrical, new plumbing, new drywall and our interior designer refreshed each room’s overall look with a soothing, northwest color palette paired with modern amenities designed with a traditional flair. We introduced texture in the tile backsplash. Custom millwork was done to match the original historic millwork. Bronze fixtures added warmth. New hardwood floors were installed, that contrasted nicely against the white kitchen cabinetry.
Also on the main floor, we remodeled a powder room, updated the family room and gave the master bedroom and master bath a design refresh. For structural reasons, we also updated a basement bathroom, too.
Upstairs, we remodeled the guest bathroom. The challenge in this bathroom was to capture as much space as possible, starting with taking out a linen closet. Our bathroom design had to work with two existing leaded glass windows (with a historic brick structure this would have been costly and difficult to change) but we were able to accommodate a jetted tub, shower and vanity. Our goal was to modernize the bathroom but still retain the nostalgic look and feel of the turn-of-the-century.
In the course of design, we were able to create fun, cozy spaces that lend toward pleasant conversation with a cup of tea or a quiet spot to read a book. The work to the home remained true to its heritage but gave the homeowner the ease and convenience of a new home – a winning combination!
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