When boaters Jeff and Candy Kanter moved from California to a 1960′s home on Bainbridge Island, they had no intention of adding square feet. They recognized simply that their two-story house overlooking Mount Rainer and Mount Baker needed updating and could take better advantage of the view and location.
They set to work with architect Bernie Baker, who brilliantly started the process not by asking what solutions they were looking for, but asking the couple for a list of what they wanted out of the house. These lists began a process of blending expectations into the overall structure, and taking in more of the beautiful nature around them.
Working with the original structure was important. “The structure,” says Baker, “is the backbone of the aesthetics.”
Using quiet interior colors that reflect nature—even mottled green tile to reflect the color of wind-roughed Puget Sound—Baker set to work creating a new entry and powder room, and mainly: kitchen and living room pop-outs.
These pop-outs take what was once a small old deck and turned the space into a “sky box” with superb views, adding around 600 square feet for a total of 3,200. The spaces not only add more room and a better view, but modernize the house overall, creating a perfect space for these new—and thrilled—Washington dwellers.
Photo Credit: Benjamin Benschneider