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Home Tour: A 1930s historic home in Seattle gets a modern makeover

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This historic home originally designed and built by Lionel Pries in 1930 has been rehabilitated by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, located in Seattle, Washington. Pries was an innovative designer and architect with an appreciation for design movements of the past, most notably in Mexico. His affinity for the Spanish/Mexican influence can be clearly viewed in the exterior facade of this dwelling, from the clay tile roof to the Mexican-themed cast stone lintel over the front door.

The owners, a young family of four, wished to improve the inherent qualities of the house while also imparting a modern aesthetic. Additionally, the house was in need of major floor plan modifications, that included improving circulation and spatial connections for modern living. Numerous renovations over the years had created a mishmash of stylistic choices and a maze of rooms had taken away from the home’s original character.

DESIGN DETAILS: RENOVATION Hoedemaker Pfeiffer INTERIOR DESIGN Hoedemaker Pfeiffer GENERAL CONTRACTOR ​Lockhart Suver​ LANDSCAPE ​​Cambium Landscape​ STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Malsam Tsang LIGHTING DESIGNER Brian Hood Lighting Design

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Inspired by the historical influence imparted by Pries, the architects drew from their favorite elements of Spanish + European design to create a unique aesthetic that felt true to the original residence while also being fresh and modern. An expansive addition was added to the rear of the structure to create space for a larger kitchen, new sunroom, and butler’s pantry, along with an additional bedroom suite on the second level.

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Additional enhancements were made throughout the rest of this historic home to create a modern floor plan that focuses on blurring the lines between the old and new. New material selections include steel windows, brick, and clay roof tiles, carefully curated to blend in with the existing materials of the house.

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Despite this house being in a historic, traditional neighborhood of Seattle, the homeowners wanted the interiors of the house to be anything but. Each space is sprinkled with midcentury standouts such as Guillerme et Chambron, Charles Dudouyt, Arne Norell, and others. Sitting among colorful artworks from a variety of time periods and genres, the vibe of this dwelling is far from conventional.

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What We Love: After a full-scale rehab, this historic home offers the inhabitants a place full of character and charm. Preserving the original details of the exterior facade helps to create an attractive curb appeal that welcomes one inside to the newly revamped spaces. The interiors reflect a blend of old and new to conceive a beautiful aesthetic that will be surely enjoyed by this young family for many years to come.

Tell Us: What details of this renovation project do you find most appealing and why in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out these fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: Brilliant renovation of a modern Tudor home overlooking Lake Washington and Inside a renovated Colonial home in Seattle with beautiful eclectic details.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Haris Kenjar

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