In a sense this house is the same house it always was, with the same pleasing spaces, forms, orientation, and architectural bones. And yet it’s also an entirely new home, with a fresh look and feel.
The house was originally built in the 1950s as a single-story home; it was extensively remodeled in early 2000s with the addition of a second floor and a stair tower. Our current remodel involved some exterior refurbishing but otherwise stayed within the previously remodeled structure. We made upgrades and updates to the stairs and landings, wall and ceiling panels, lighting systems, doors, trim, and finishes. We remodeled bathrooms, reconfigured the kitchen walls, and installed new cabinets, countertops, appliances, and fixtures.
We eliminated a staircase to the basement to make room for delightful window nook in a private space adjacent the living room. The nook is a comfortable spot in which to take a nap, read a book, or lie back and gaze across Lake Union and the Ship Canal.
The remodel is a testament to the responsiveness and vision of interior designer Andy Beers and his team. It’s also a collaboration, it’s full realization made possible through the skill of the Schultz Miller crew and the many suppliers, subcontractors and craftspeople who contributed to the project.
Even a well-built home will settle over time, if only a little. The new, solid rift white oak flooring demanded skill in floor installation on top of an effort to shim the floors to get them perfectly level. The kitchen cabinetry had to fit precisely beneath exposed steel I-beams. Here as elsewhere, every last detail was executed to zero tolerance.