Midcentury home in Seattle receives an incredibly inspiring makeover


This midcentury home remodel by Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers is located in Clyde Hill is a suburb of Seattle, Washington. This project embraces nostalgic ‘50s architecture and the incorporation of elegant interiors. Adding a touch of Art Deco French inspiration, the result is an eclectic vintage blend that provides an elevated yet light-hearted impression.

The overall exterior footprint was retained, while the interior floor plan was completely reconfigured. On the interior, additional bedrooms were added, while the exterior was updated with new windows and openings along with a metal roof. The redesign of the entry utilizes a pull-on axis within the building to create a forced perspective.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Garret Cord Werner INTERIOR DESIGN Garret Cord Werner LANDSCAPE DESIGN Garret Cord Werner BUILDER Mercer Builders


As part of the inspiring landscape transformation, a Zen garden was created by converting an outdoor storage space into a clever focal point near the entrance. The cedar siding also appears within the home.


Illuminating the staircase entryway is an Arteriors Diallo 30″ Chandelier, appearing like a piece of coral.


What We Love: This striking midcentury renovation features light-filled living spaces adorned with stylish furnishings and accessories. A fantastic indoor-outdoor connection has been established with large windows capturing views of the newly transformed backyard and beyond to Lake Washington. Overall, this home offers a 21st-Century modern update with a feeling of Zen thanks to a beautiful new landscape.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall aesthetics of this midcentury home transformation? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Take a look at another amazing Seattle midcentury home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Chic midcentury modern renovation surrounded by woods in Seattle.


Steel beams evoke a hint of an industrial feel and create a harmonious combination with the vintage dining table and chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture. The modern globe chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman. On the floors, brushed-oak engineered hardwood, from Kentwood Flooring.


The kitchen gained storage with the addition of floating cabinets that enables light to flow throughout the hub of the home while still maintaining a division of cozy spaces. The countertops are Caeserstone, while the backsplash is a porcelain Stone Project tile by Pental Surfaces. The sink is Blanco and the ovens are Miele.


This cozy breakfast nook features a custom built-in banquette with a Knoll table and Herman Miller Chairs. 


Just off the kitchen, a study area for the couple’s children. Light floods this space courtesy of E-Series Windows from Andersen.



A fireplace with a Venetian plaster treatment on the surround was added to this newly configured master bedroom. This space was positioned to capture more light and enjoy the view of the beautifully transformed backyard.


In the master bathroom, the large window next to the bathtub dissolves the boundaries of the house, brings the outside in, and allows a view into the garden. The Wet Style soaking tub is complemented by a Kohler faucet. The walls and floors are porcelain Stone Project tile by Pental Surfaces.



The homeowner is an avid swimmer and wanted a full-length lap pool to replace the one that was in disrepair. The addition of a waterfall placed strategically at the far end of the pool provides a focal point that is enjoyed from multiple interior positions. An entertaining deck completes this spectacular backyard.





The landscape was completely redone, including a new driveway and plantings. A private Japanese garden was incorporated at the entryway.


PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Giammarco Photography

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3 years ago

this is really nice remodel. it looks like the house is in a nice location. i like the breakfast nook. i didn’t really care for the photo of the blue bathroom (which is a bit of a nit). maybe i have just soured on bath tubs, but i rarely see one that really does anything for the surrounding space; they just seem to sit there and take up space. but people seem to take note of them anyway! while every house should have at least one bath tub, when you consider how rarely bath tubs are actually used, maybe it… Read more »