An awkward floor plan is transformed into a functional and open space
We’ve always believed that the funkiest homes are located in West Seattle, and this house was no exception. It is hard to imagine why a large ‘spa’ bathroom with a huge soaking tub, jetted shower, and sauna was needed next to the dining room and kitchen in this West Seattle home. Needless to say, the owner didn’t need a bathroom like this, in this location. Instead, they wanted a sitting room adjacent to the kitchen, a small powder room, a work space, and a combined pantry / laundry room.
While the project didn’t include much exterior work, we started by replacing a poorly constructed skylight with a new, custom built unit. We located the skylight above a new custom designed desk, that when open serves as a functional workspace, but when closed hides the clutter below, and allows the top to be used as a buffet. Flanking the office space is a small powder room and a pantry (also with a skylight). To save having to lug the laundry to the basement utility room, the owner requested we incorporate a stacking laundry machine in the pantry.
We paid special attention to choosing materials that better tied into the existing home. New steel beams match an existing steel staircase. We revised the fireplace surround, designing one side to respond to the adjacent living room, and then designing the opposite side using reclaimed wood with a fir ‘screen’.
Project Info & Tips
- While the existing skylight system wasn’t leaking, we could tell it wasn’t well designed. It’s usually wise to rebuild or replace skylights that are not well-made, to help guarantee the interior will stay dry
- We eliminated a column that would have divided up the space awkwardly by installing a large steel beam instead
- Both sides of a double sided fireplace don’t have to look the same. Consider designing a different face for each room to create a different atmosphere for each side
- This project won a REX award (Remodeling Excellence Award, by the Master Builder Association)
- This project was featured in 425 Magazine
- Level of Design Services: Full Services
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