Transitional


Transitional is an architectural term describing a blending of TRADITIONAL with contemporary elements. A historic style (for example a Tudor or Colonial style home) is designed or remodeled with a contemporary influence so that the house functions more suitably to today’s lifestyle.  This usually translates into floorplans that have more open, interconnected social spaces, better daylight, more inside/outside connections, and a mix of traditional and contemporary fixtures that adds a fresh look to the more classic, traditional home of that style. Transitional homes enable more creative expression, yet still have an obvious connection to the traditional style of reference. Most of our work is Transitional to a lesser or greater degree!

Capitol Hill Old/New Fusion

The long-time owners of this humble turn-of-the-century logger’s home were ready for some major work to be done. They wanted the house to match their upbeat lifestyle and transform it …

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Bainbridge Island Farmhouse

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home on their family’s land, our clients have recently moved in to their new home in the woods, surrounded by tall firs, fern …

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Daring Downsize

This is a full remodel of a modest rambler in Edmonds that we transformed into a Japanese-influenced retirement retreat. The design incorporates aging-in-place and universal design strategies such as no …

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Mid-Century Sanctuary

Remodeling this 50’s rambler entailed refreshing the main floor, plus an addition of a 2nd story Master Suite; all designed in a minimalist aesthetic to heighten the lush, retreat-like experience …

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Contemporizing a Grand Old Classic

When our clients purchased this gorgeous, old four square home in a leafy central Seattle neighbourhood, they knew it would be their “forever” home. It had been remodeled over the …

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Hyak Hideaway

It’s been a dream coming. Raised playing in the mountains, this young family bought a property in Hyak, Washington, in the mountains. The house is for playing and year round …

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Queen Anne Kitchen Remodel

This is a lovely old home with a front seat view overlooking Puget Sound. Built in 1906, it is rich in traditional detailing, but was suffering from that common old-house …

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Mid-Life Move to a Mid-Century

With their two children fully launched, our clients decided it was time to leave their 3800sf family home and downsize their daily lives. They found a modest mid-century rambler in …

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New Queen Anne Classic

This new Queen Anne home (the existing house was torn down) faces an expansive view of Puget Sound with an architectural style that is early 1900’s traditional Craftsman. Per the …

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New Life for Old Craftsman

This house was a classic little Seattle Craftsman bungalow, but had fallen into disrepair and was in need of a new larger kitchen and a proper new second floor. Not …

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Queen Anne Four Square Redux

Home to a young, active family, our intention was to open up the warren of rooms to better accommodate an informal, family-friendly lifestyle. An addition allowed for a big new …

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Kirkland Family Compound

This new house is designed for two families; the ground floor is an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) for the owner’s elderly parents. The owners will occupy the upper two levels, …

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An Interior Retreat

The interior of this 20's era home was very chopped-up, dark and cramped. The owners wanted their home to be more open, creating a spacious flow for their frequent entertaining. …

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Little House to Big House

This is a second story addition to what was a tiny, one bedroom house in West Seattle. A new upper floor contains a master suite plus another bedroom, freeing the …

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River Run House

This whole-house makeover of a typical Northwest rambler has opened the home to the outside through vistas, courtyards, and large connecting open spaces. The owners hailed from Montana and wanted …

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Not So Big Attitude

The owners loved the charming cottage-like feel of their home; our remodel subtly enlarged their space with a new bedroom, bathroom, entry and mudroom, all carefully designed with function as …

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Thornton Creek Retreat

For this property, which backs onto the Thornton Creek greenbelt in Seattle, we added a new kitchen wing as well as arbors and decks to create outdoor living rooms and …

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Lake House Remodel

This is an existing house on a spectacular low-bank lake waterfront site in Seattle. One section of the original house is very old and traditional; other later additions were somewhat …

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A Subtle Second Story Addition

We added a full second story to this classic Queen Anne home; our challenge was to maintain the charm, scale and character of the original house, located in an upscale …

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