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Kirkland Mid Century Modern

One of our latest Mid Century Modern designs is under construction by our friends at Seattle Design Builders. This home resides in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Kirkland; a neighborhood continually blighted by huge "Hardi" houses. Our clients, who are avid modernists, wanted to bring the mid century history back to the landscape. We are excited to share photos of its construction progress! Although it looks like a new home, this remodel preserves the exterior walls, with additions in three areas. A new vaulted roof with clerestory windows will allow natural light to flood the house from both the front and back, and a folding glass wall will open to a rear patio and garden. Natural light was very important in this home, as it followed the principles of Vastu - the Indian art of feng shui. Employing modern design with the strict rules of Vastu turned into quite the fun challenge for us as we reorganized

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CTA Finishes Mid-Century Modern Paul Kirk House

We recently finished an interior remodel of a Paul Hayden Kirk mid century design in Kirkland and are excited to share final pictures. This home was built in 1957 with over 3,000 sq ft, including a fully finished daylight basement. The husband of this couple grew up in this house in a family of 3 boys, so it was quite a special project for us all, as we uncovered many wonderful memories and mementos buried in the walls! Our owners wanted to update and open up their closed-off kitchen and rework the main floor full of small bedrooms to include a mudroom, powder room, and master suite; the objective was to maintain the feel of the mid-century original, but remove partition walls and have it more open for views and entertaining. Design strategies started with acknowledging the very clear linear form of the house with its dominant ridge beam and big roof. This led to a strongly directional floor plan; the new open kitchen aligns

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Lake House Remodel: Construction Progress

Following up on our last update, we’ve finished our framing inspection and are making final, minute adjustments to our HVAC, electrical, and plumbing before we can start insulation and drywall. Insulation requires that the house be “closed in”, a term that means all weather proofing is installed – windows, sheathing, building wrap, siding, doors, and roofing – to achieve a water-tight interior. The HVAC, electrical, and plumbing each need their own separate inspections as well, as the batt insulation will be covering up most, if not all, of the pipes and wiring. Once all of the house's “innards” have been inspected, there will be a flood of work from drywall to flooring to painting and cabinetry, as many of these subs can overlap each other and all of them want to finish quickly. Below, the primed siding (yellow) is in place, and then a week later, is being painted! At right, the

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CTA's Second Story Additions

As the market keeps getting hotter, many Seattleites are investing in their homes, and one of the biggest investments one can make in their home is a second story addition. Typically this encompasses (and has room enough for) a master suite and an extra bedroom or two. We also like to give the the top of the stair a little breathing room to allow for a light-filled stairwell and a small nook or play area, all to make the addition seem as expansive as possible. The Little to Big House project's Phase 1, below, allows for our clients to convert the space above the porch into a balcony off the master when they're ready for Phase 2. This View Ridge home, below, was only a small summer cottage until the owners decided to take advantage of it's amazing Lake Washington views. The Greenwood Addition home, below, was recently finished - and at almost double the square footage! Beyond increasing the raw square footages,

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