May 13th, 2010 in Seattle
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:
Oddly shaped kitchen before renovation…
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 The outdated linoleum was replaced with beautiful wood floors.
Yucky living room once upon a time… ...read full post →
February 22nd, 2010 in Seattle
Townhomes are the quintessential urbanite's dwelling area. They are quiet, modest, manageable and carefree living at its best. But not just any townhome merits such high praise. After all, with the popularity of the townhome, too many slipshod builders are fashioning what they call “townhomes,” without getting anywhere near what typifies excellence.
Johnston Architects, however, are making a difference. Check out these model Alki townhomes and notice the features that set them apart.
At Home in its Habitat
Any building, be it a store, home or office, must be at home in its habitat. Since these townhomes are located in Seattle, they must maximize Seattle culture and spirit. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful exposed wood, the vast picture windows, and the trendy modern lines on the exterior. Not only is this townhome at home in its habitat, but it defines its habitat. ...read full post →
January 22nd, 2010 in Seattle
When families grow, homes need to keep up. For one Seattle family, growing up meant that two people doubled to four. They needed some more room—bedrooms, that is. They called on local Shed Architects to do the job.
Rather than just tack on a few rooms on the ground floor—an easy enough task—the architects chose to imbue the remodel with more green than mere easy construction. What eventuated from the dream was an elevated living space with open breezeways underneath, perfect for picnicking, playing and ping pong games. ...read full post →
January 8th, 2010 in Seattle
I like Andy Luk. I mean, you’ve got to love a guy who 1) puts his money where his mouth is, 2) designs a house his dog will enjoy, and 3) creates a space suited to his own personal interests, rather than what he thinks others would like.
Luk is a big believer in cooperating with the environment and his rebuild reflects those ideals, including the use of salvaged or sustainably harvested wood, integration of local and recycled resources, minimal manipulation of the landscape, installation of solar panels, a focus on energy efficiency and many more admirable details. ...read full post →
December 18th, 2009 in Seattle
Seattle, the Emerald City, holds a lot of distinctives-breathtaking mountain scenery, abundant annual rainfall, high percentage of college-educated adults, ocean breezes from Puget Sound…and, of course, great coffee. Seattleites need homes that reflect the essence of their city—homes that somehow capture those distinctives into attractive and comfortable living spaces.
Steve’s new kitchen
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