Historic Remodel

Architect: CONARD ROMANO ARCHITECTS
Photos: BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER

We collaborated with Conard Romano Architects to remodel a unique historic home, updating the kitchen, adding a study, and improving traffic flow throughout, thus writing the next chapter in the house’s remarkable story.

Around 1900, the Seattle Golf and Country Club was founded on farmland in what is now Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. An existing farmhouse became the clubhouse. Golfers reached the course by taking a short water taxi ride on Lake Washington. In 1907, the clubhouse was moved to its current location a block away, minus its third story, and converted into a home.

Forward to today. The home’s new owners wanted a period-appropriate remodel with finishes to match, as well as better flow between interior spaces and from inside to outside. Conard Romano Architects opened up rooms to one another and incorporated wasted hallway space into the primary living spaces. They also opened up informal areas to the large patio and garden in the backyard.

The remodeled dining room and a paneled study added to the back of the house are perfect for the display of family portraits and other heirlooms. Both spaces can be closed off with folding doors that appear as part of the paneling when not in use.

Speaking of heirlooms, the owner transplanted heirloom roses from her previous garden to create a new rose garden in the front yard. The house is now home to a family that can experience a taste of Victorian living with a pinch of the 21st century.

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