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New Urban Farmhouse in Wallingford - Part One

One of CTA's ongoing projects is an addition and remodel to a Wallingford craftsman - conveniently right up the street from our office!  We'll describe the process of this house in a mini-series: schematics, construction, and finishes including finished photos. This first blog will talk background, design intent, and schematics. The owners are a young couple with two little (but growing!) boys and have been pushing the limits of their older Wallingford bungalow for a few years. They love their neighborhood, the density, the convenience of living so close to Lake Union, and especially the view from the highest level of their 1 1/2 story house looking over the lake and Seattle skyline to the south. With such a small lot and tight zoning restrictions, they have been focused on building up for added square footage. They came to us wanting to add a full new second story addition, replacing the existing cramped

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Using Houzz to Your Advantage: Make Sense of Your Inspirational Images

Embarking on a remodel or new house effort is an incredibly exciting experience! Getting started usually begins with visual images, and with the barrage of photographs everywhere around us, collecting images has never been easier - so much so that it can be overwhelming! As architects, it's our top priority to collect images from our clients that convey their style preferences and personal leanings regarding qualities of interior and exterior spaces. These images guide us continually through our design process. If they haven't already, we suggest our clients visit www.houzz.com  or www.pinterest.com and start assembling files of photos: exteriors, garden spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces...any photo that captures something that resonates and may be relevant to the project ahead. Its then our job to analyze these images and understand how best they can inform our design work. Collecting these ideas of colors, styles and materials into one place can be a lot

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Mid-Century Hawthorne Hills Addition

We're seeing exciting progress on the Phase 2 remodel of a mid-century Seattle rambler! Phase 1 involved minor main floor plan and finish updates to create better entry flow and street appeal. The Phase 2 goal is to expand the house for the owners' growing family and allow for a more private master suite. After considering a new second story addition option, we instead landed on expanding the daylight basement in order to keep with the Mid-Century massing and scale of the house and provide them with just the space they needed: no more, no less. The new master bedroom suite sits under an existing family room and upper deck that floated over the rear yard. The bedroom looks out onto a newly created rear courtyard, with a glorious, old red-leaf Japanese Maple in its center that is the focal point of the entire house. The challenge in this project has been

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CTA Transitions to Architecture and Interiors Firm

We’d like to announce that we’ve recently closed down the construction arm of our business in order to become a full architecture and interiors firm. It’s been a difficult decision; we’ve been building our own design projects for over 25 years and have enjoyed working with many skilled, dedicated, and wonderful carpenters and craftspeople. The time has come for us to focus fully on delivering excellence in our architectural practice, which has always been our primary passion. With such long experience as builders, we bring deep and practical knowledge to inform our architectural efforts; we understand constructability issues and have a good sense of costs.  Over the years, we have forged relationships with many other excellent builders, and can advise in finding the right contractor for your project early in the design process. One of our main goals as your architect is to assemble the best team to make your project a complete success, from start

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