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Mid-century modern renovation: Laurelhurst Residence

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Laurelhurst Residence is a remodel and addition to an existing 1960’s mid-century modern classic designed by Coop 15 Architecture in conjunction with Robin Chell Design, located in Seattle, Washington. The clients were looking for a design that would retain the formal living space at the front of the house, but open up the rear of the house to their expansive garden. In other words, transform the house according to the American mullet-credo of all formal in the front with a party in the back.

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Massive glass sliding doors in the rear now allow the party to flow seamlessly from inside to out, while the spirit of the original formal living room and signature vaulted ceiling were retained.

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With a goal of maximizing light and space, the design scheme emphasized the integrity of the mid-century modern structure while updating the furnishings with durable and natural materials. Included in this 2650-square foot remodel was the reupholstering and refurbishing of an inherited collection of period furniture. The resulting design successfully integrated the existing furniture while freshening the interior with new pieces.

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A second floor was added to accommodate the private bedrooms and bath previously crowded into the rear of the main floor. The second floor volume is perched onto the rear of the house, cantilevering over the back garden to create a covered porch and remaining hidden from the street view, thus preserving the original public facade.

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Photos: Daniel Sheehan Photography

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