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Before and After: Inviting midcentury home gets reimagined in Seattle

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Shed Architecture & Design has reimagined this 1961 hillside midcentury home with sweeping views over Lake Washington, in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood. The dwelling was originally constructed by architect George Lucker and was updated to suit a modern lifestyle and embrace the view while retaining its original character.

The original footprint of this hillside home was 1,460 square feet and after the remodel and addition, it was expanded to 2,400 square feet of living space. Continue below to see the full interior renovation of this home including before and after photos and floorplans!

Project Team: Architect: Shed Architecture & Design | Contractor: Thomas Jacobson | Structural Engineer: Todd Perbix

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Feeling removed from the landscape surrounding it, this home lacked the flexibility required for an evolving modern family. On the homeowner’s wish list: open and integrate living spaces, embrace views of Lake Washington and the Cascade mountains beyond and bring natural light into a dark entry and master bath.

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Above: To illuminate the lower level with natural light, a translucent panel was integrated into the casework and the landing.

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Above: An entry wall and closet were eliminated to open the space and produce a visual connection through the house, from the front door to the mountain view beyond. New casework and open shelving replaced structural walls, providing much-needed storage and display for the owner’s ceramics. 

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What We Love: This hillside midcentury home offers a creative design solution to preserve the original character while opening and expanding the layout. By visually re-connecting this home to the surrounding landscape, this home is now in better harmony with nature. Natural light has been increased throughout this home, helping it to feel light and airy.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetic of this midcentury remodel? Please let us know your thoughts in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Shed Architecture: Brilliant renovation of a hillside midcentury modern home in Seattle and Midcentury ranch-style house gets inspiring transformation in Seattle.

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Incorporating a material palette of vertical grain fir, colored plastic laminate, and red oak flooring, the architects mixed new with old, working with rather than against the original design.

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Above: Removal of a dilapidated sunroom to build an expansive deck brings light and views of Lake Washington into the kitchen through a full-width glass door.

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The kitchen, living, and dining room were opened and integrated for flexibility.

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Above: A previously dark and narrow bathroom was expanded to create a multi-functional space that connects the powder room to the master bathroom. This space also benefits from an existing skylight in the entry breezeway, bathing it with natural light. This outdoor space is now an extension of the master bath, integrating a shower, freestanding tub, and vanity under a skylight.

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Above: The original beams in the home were preserved throughout, and dramatically exposed in the new master bathroom. 

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BEFORE / AFTER

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Photos: Rafael Soldi

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