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Before and After: Fascinating renovation of a midcentury home in Seattle

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This project involves the complete renovation of a midcentury home by Shed Architecture, located on a lush site in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, a suburb east of Seattle, Washington. Constructed in 1967, this dilapidated home was in need of a major overhaul. Some of the major concerns included an overgrown site, an outdated kitchen, compartmentalized bathrooms, and an unfinished basement.

Additionally, a disorganized floorplan layout and oddly placed partition walls made this home too convoluted for the modern family. The renovation sought to exploit the site’s potential, creating open and airy spaces with controlled views while transforming the outdated dwelling into a home that is more suitable for modern family living. Continue below to see the before images and floor plans!

Project Team: Architects: Shed Architecture | Contractor: Ambrose Construction | Structural Engineer: Todd Perbix | Landscape Design: Urban Wilds

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Recognizing the potential in this 2,970 square foot dwelling, the architects sought to leverage as much of the existing framework volume as possible; seeking to transform the spaces through selective improvements and targeted interventions.

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Eliminating walls and shifting the corridor in the basement helped to simplify and clarify the circulation pattern while providing more direct access to the new carport and site to the north.

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On the main level, walls adjacent to the fireplace were removed to allow for an open plan with a central hearth. This also allowed for a more spacious kitchen, formal dining room, and a more prominent living space overlooking the lush backyard. Vaulting the ceiling in these spaces enhanced the newly developed open concept.

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The palette blends midcentury motifs like flagstone flooring, wood panels, and slat screens with more contemporary materials such as concrete brick, Milestone, and Douglas Fir. Locally sourced Douglas Fir gives the casework and paneling a contemporary, Pacific Northwest feel.

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What We Love: This midcentury home renovation offers its inhabitants an inviting new layout that is open and airy. Refreshed interiors offer a visual connection to the outdoors while drenching spaces in natural light. We are loving the concept of the large brick fireplace in lieu of a wall to delineate the living spaces and keeping a fluid flow. 

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the overall renovation of this home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project: Brilliant renovation of a hillside midcentury modern home in Seattle and Before and After: Inviting midcentury home gets reimagined in Seattle.

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Retaining a more humble entry soffit negotiates the lower ceiling height in the hall, which now terminates into an expansive master suite, which features private deck access.

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Milestone plaster provides a visually appealing atmosphere in the bathrooms while also avoiding fussy tile work. Milestone is a Portland cement-based architectural finishing system for interior walls, transforming ordinary surfaces into elegant accents. It gives you a Venetian plaster look in half the time and it’s an environmentally friendly material.

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By relocating the spatially inefficient mechanical room, a new bathroom was inserted, allowing the kids to have a bathroom of their own.

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Photos: Mark Woods

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