A modest home in the Enatai Beach area of Bellevue is transformed into a substantial family home with style
Located in a neighborhood where many homes are being torn down and replaced with new, this owner expressed a desire to integrate the original structure into a substantial remodel and addition.
Because of its appearance on the exterior, this home was affectionately called ‘the double wide’. On the interior the home suffered from several problems common to homes built in the 1960’s: 1) stairs in the wrong location and 2) an overly large fireplace that blocked the best views from the home. To allow enough budget for a 1500 square foot addition to the home, the floor plan of the remaining portion of the home needed to remain similar to the existing. Arranged in a ‘reverse’ floor plan, the home’s main level contains the kitchen, dining, den, and master suite in the existing footprint, and a new vaulted-ceiling living room in the new addition. A large entertaining deck with covered patio (with skylights and gas connection for a grill or outdoor heater) is located above the new two-car garage. On the lower level are three kid’s bedrooms and a bathroom in the existing home and new family room in the addition. A new sky lit stair sits between the addition and the existing home, in the location where a massive fireplace used to be.
Project Info & Tips
- When adding on to a house which has eight foot ceilings throughout, consider raising the ceiling in the addition. Often having one space with a higher ceiling is enough to break the monotony of an eight foot ceiling
- Consider how a home will suit a family’s needs over time. This home was designed for a professional couple to live on the main level with lower level bedrooms for their grown kids to use when visiting
- Instead of putting a pitched roof on a garage consider using it as a roof deck instead (check that land use codes permit this, though)
- Outdoor covered areas help to extend the use of these spaces beyond the summer season
- Consider adding skylights to covered spaces to keep them bright all year long and to allow additional light to filter into adjacent interior spaces
- To learn more, see our article on Whole House Remodels
- This project was featured in the Huffington Post and Marthastewart.com
- Level of Design Services: Permit Set Plus
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