Urban dwelling in Seattle features an awesome indoor-outdoor connection


Rerucha Studio designed this modern urban dwelling with traditional elements located in Magnolia, a tranquil neighborhood northwest of downtown Seattle, Washington. The goal of this 3,318-square-foot house was to create a modern spacious home with lots of light, a classic yet modern feel all while managing a limited budget.

Economy of structure and materials was exercised. Stepping inside the home, the large grid of windows flood the interior with natural light and provide views out onto the street. The living room, located at the front of the house, is focused on a built-in fireplace, while behind the couch is the dining area.

Project Team: Architecture and Interiors: Rerucha Studio  (Jill Rerucha) | Contractor: Mint Build LLC


The ways in which a limited budget was transformed include: 

A Tight Design: This urban dwelling is laid out on a grid. Structure, materials, windows, and casework, all align to create a harmonious design. “I moved walls, prefabricated cabinets, 4×8 exterior siding, and windows within inches to align.” – Jill Rerucha

Focal Points: The large grid windows transform the house inside and out and provide high impact street appeal. The large marble slab at the kitchen wall is illuminated and is a dramatic backdrop visible from inside and out. “With a modest budget you need to be selective. It’s like an outfit, Prada shoes and a gap t-shirt are just fine… you don’t need all Prada.” – Jill Rerucha

“The project takes a spec-built budget and creates a home that reflects the client’s spirit and aspirations.”  – Jill Rerucha


What We Love: This modern home showcases clean lines and a geometric layout with amazing indoor-outdoor connectivity. Large windows facing the street helps to flood the modern interiors with natural light and warmth. The open layout of the main level has a harmonious flow, adorned with a palette of browns and beiges, leather and wood — creating an aesthetic of inviting warmth. The rooftop deck is the ultimate for urban living, especially the yoga studio with a view!

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this urban dwelling and why in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another fantastic home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Rerucha Studio: Mid-century home renovation in Seattle embraces indoor-outdoor living.




Further into the house is the kitchen. A large grey marble slab at the end of the kitchen becomes a backdrop that’s visible from inside and out. A large kitchen island with a sink and plenty of storage, provides ample food prep space. 







A set of stairs behind the kitchen lead up to the sleeping areas of the home. Dark wood stair treads serve to accent the tranquil interiors. In the master bedroom, the large grid windows and fireplace make another appearance, while the rest of the room has been kept neutral except for a bright Womb chair and ottoman.


The master bedroom features a bright pop of color from the Saarinen Womb Chair by Knoll.



At the top of the house, there’s a private yoga studio that opens up onto a rooftop deck with views of the neighborhood.


A Bertoia Diamond Chair from Knoll adds a modern touch to this rooftop deck with city views.

Photos: Lara Swimmer


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