For this two-bedroom condo in downtown Seattle, we worked with interior designers Nancy Burfiend and James Fung to create clean, open spaces with a retro look and feel.
We refinished the existing flooring and maintained the basic configuration of the original unit, but we removed and replaced the wall surfaces and ceiling. The new ceiling is dropped a mere 2 1/2 inches below the structural slab, just enough to accommodate new recessed cabinet lights, which require much less depth within the ceiling than standard fixtures. This shallow drop maintains the floor to ceiling views, while concealing the automatic window shades.
The kitchen features dark walnut cabinets and engineered quartz countertops. The gas fireplace surround is made of a synthetic marble that is just ¼ inch thick and much lighter than stone, making it easier to install in a high-rise condo unit.
In the master bath, we took special care to align the grout joints on the tiled shower and tub surround so the horizontal lines carry through from one surface to the next, a little detail that makes a big difference in a compact, crisply designed space.