Before & After: Yucky Cramped Quarters to Sweet & Airy Home

From Margaret Everton on May 13, 2010 in

Loving their view of Lake Sammamish and realizing that their Seattle home just wasn’t living up to its potential, Tony and Heidi decided to bring their home’s original midcentury modern appeal back to life. A DIY kind of guy, Tony completed much of the contracting himself while Heidi oversaw the particulars. DeForest Architects helped in supplying the vision and plans.

There’s nothing like a good set of before and after photos, and these speak volumes:

Lake Sammamish home before remodelOddly shaped kitchen before renovation…

Sammamish kitchen remodelAnd after!

The kitchen, once dark and boxy, was given an open floor plan complete with highly functional center island made from recycled metal shavings. Stainless steel appliances, track lighting, and a spectacular backsplash bring a whole new level of sophistication to the space. The outdated linoleum was replaced with beautiful wood floors.

living room beforeYucky living room once upon a time…

…is now fabulously modern.

The living room was transformed most noticeably by the addition of several windows and a
new sliding glass door. Wood floors create a nice flow between this room and the kitchen,
while some comfy-looking recliners add the necessary dose of comfort. It’s like night and day from the original room.

What a difference! The dining room connects to the living room to create that sweet open feel.


Modern touches like this staircase, made with plyboo, a bamboo plywood, helped to bring the home into the 21st century.

The right dose of DIY ingenuity and architectural know-how made this remodel a modern-day success. Although, I would suggest garnering some background knowledge before attempting a project like this on your own. Just sayin.’

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