LocationSeattle, United States
Structural EngineeringSwenson Say Faget
Text description provided by the architects. This project, for a family of four, transforms a 1930 brick tudor into a house with two faces. The traditional, street facing façade remains untouched, concealing the dramatic change to the interior and rear façade.
Given the clients goals for cleanly detailed spaces oriented to the northern view of the ship canal and cityscape, the rear façade of the existing house was blown open and replaced with an aperture that spans nearly the entire width of the structure.
This new façade responds to the reorganized living spaces including a new bedroom, open living, family sized entry space, kids play area, and family room with direct connection to the backyard. All of this within the footprint of the existing modest home.
To contrast the existing brick facade new exterior surfaces are clad in dark stained vertical cedar boards and blackened steel accents. The new aperture, with a divided rhythm corresponding to the spatial configuration is created using Lindal windows and lift slide doors.
Interior surfaces include light grey washed oak flooring at the main level, integral color concrete slab at the lower level, painted gypsum board with flush base trim, tile and ipe bathroom surfaces, and quartz counters. Bathroom fixtures are by Duravit and kitchen appliances are by Miele. Hydronic radiant heated floors serve the immersive, comfortable, and durable environment.