A stunning modern makeover to a craftsman-style home on Lake Washington

modern living room with a fireplace

Architectural studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer​ gave a light and airy modern makeover to this old Craftsman-style home built in 1906, nestled on a slope that overlooks Lake Washington. This residence was updated for active parents with three young children. The home originally belonged to an early Pacific Northwest timber magnate

Once the residence of an early Pacific Northwest timber magnate, the shingle-style house was dark and harkened to an earlier era of formal, closed spaces. Previous renovations had removed or obscured the original details with dark woods and heavy materials. With a focus on bringing openness and luminosity, the renovation reconnected spaces and opened up views to the lake, bringing natural light into every room.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Hoedemaker PfeifferINTERIOR DESIGNKylee ShintafferCONTRACTORLockhart Suver​ LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTAllworth Design​ CASEWORK Northwest Custom Cabinets MILLWORK Bob Johnson Woodworking

craftsman style home entry with a staircase

A hidden library and underutilized sun porch were repurposed into his and her home offices. These spaces brought interconnectivity to family time and business. Then during the pandemic, these spaces provided much-needed flexibility to support work-life balance and juggle the new challenges of remote work, school, and childcare.

Above: In this home’s elegant yet inviting foyer, the center console table was custom fabricated, while the ottoman is from Crate & Barrel. The overhead pendant light is by The Urban Electric Co. The rug and staircase runner were sourced from the Turabi Rug Gallery.

modern living room with a fireplace

“For this living room in an old Seattle home, the goal was to create a greater sense of volume and draw light into the room, state designer Kylee Shintaffer. “An existing fireplace mass was removed and re-imagined with a minimal limestone surround. The furniture arrangement was separated into two areas to utilize the long narrow space and drapery rods were hung high to help offset the low original windows.”

Above: The sectional in the living room is custom upholstered in a Loro Piana fabric. The ottomans are by Disc Interiors. The modern chandelier is by Zia Priven.

modern living room with a fireplace

The design sought to embolden each space with a new freshness while restoring important historical details. Crisp and modern furnishings blended with historic plate glass windows, old-growth wood floors, and traditional casework bring a new life to this busy family home.

modern living room

What We Love: This craftsman-style home was completely refreshed, opening the dwelling from front to back to create bright and airy living spaces. Light wall colors paired with dark neutrals and pops of color evoke a sense of lightness and vibrancy. Overall, we love the aesthetics of this home remodel, from the custom furnishings to the contemporary artwork and designer fixtures and finishes to create a stylish and welcoming atmosphere.

Tell Us: What elements in this craftsman-style home remodel project do you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other sensational home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: A Nordic-inspired farmhouse nestled in a wooded sanctuary of Washington and Inside this dreamy mountain retreat in the breathtaking Cascade Mountains.

modern dining room

An unused secondary stair between the kitchen and dining room was removed to add a wide, open connection to the dining room. The dining table chairs are sourced from Modern Living Supplies. The chandelier over the table is by Roll & Hill. The wallpaper is from Schumacher. Grounding this space is an area rug from Stacy Logan

modern kitchen with large pendant lights

The existing kitchen was cramped and isolated. Seven new windows were added to flood the kitchen and breakfast nook with sunlight throughout the day and provide views to the rear garden and play space.

Above: The stone on the island is from Meta Marble & Granite, while the barstools are by Lawson-Fenning. The wall tile was sourced from Statements Tile & Stone, while the range is by Wolf. The pendant lights over the island are by Rejuvenation. 

modern built-in breakfast nook

Above: In the breakfast nook, the oak table is by Jonathan Pauls Custom Cabinetry and Furniture. The chairs are by Nickey Kehoe. Overhead, the light fixture is from Allied Maker.

modern family room

modern home office

modern powder room

modern home office

Above: The walls of the wife’s office are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. The desk was custom designed, while the chair is from Quintus Home, with a lamp by Victoria Morris Pottery. Grounding this space is an area rug sourced from the Turabi Rug Gallery. The pendant light is a Louis Poulsen found on 1stdibs.

modern bedroom

modern bathroom with a soaking tub

modern bathroom with a soaking tub

modern bedroom

Above: In this children’s bedroom, the dresser was sourced from Anthropologie, while the mirror is by Mirror Image Home. On the dresser, the Celerie Kemble Lamp is from Arteriors.

modern bathroom

Above: This attic bathroom was completely reimagined, with a vanity painted in Eternity AF-695 by Benjamin Moore. The sink is from Kohler, while the faucet is from Waterworks. On the wall, the sconces are by Hector Finch. The eye-catching floor tiles are by Pratt + Larson.

craftsman style home exterior

PHOTOGRAPHER ​​​Haris Kenjar​

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Michael D Keenoy
3 months ago

To call this a bungalow is an inspiration to every other actual bungalow that I have seen. This is a marvelous renovation almost perfect for my taste…not too bare bones and not too extravagant. Other than the “scoochie” seating in the breakfast area, it is perfect (Just my taste.) The fireplace and living room, with two seating areas that complement each other, is a special treat. I wish there was a floor plan to see how it was remodeled into an open floorplan. That is often missing in these posts and that is a shame because form and function are… Read more »