Text from Atelier Drome Architects
This midcentury home in Lake Forest Park was revitalized to allow for more modern expression while preserving the home’s original charm. The existing exposed beams and large expanses of glass become more of a feature once the overly large fireplace was replaced by a compact, cleanly detailed gas version. Hardwoods now flow throughout with stone at the entry.
One of the challenges of this particular project was uncovering the existing structure to be utilized in a new and modern expression. Due to the low-slung nature of mid-century modern homes, the interiors can sometimes feel dark. By tearing down interior walls and partitions, full advantage was taken of the existing large window in the stairwell and the skylights. This allows the light to filter deep into the house. An additional large window was added to connect the deck to the kitchen and encourage a stronger integration with the beautiful Pacific Northwest surroundings.
The kitchen was previously blocked from the rest of the home and was in a state of disrepair. Now, the island and large eat-in counter is open to the living and dining room, allowing the spaces to flow freely. Custom steel plates were used to eliminate the interior load-bearing wall. The pass-thru window to the counter bar and large French doors that lead out to the large entertainment-sized deck enhance the connection between the inside and outside that is an integral part of the design.
Contrasting warm wood ceilings and cool surfaces, as well as the bright pop of yellow green, make the kitchen feel fresh and modern. The otherwise neutral colors ensure the minimalist qualities are not overwhelmed. The cabinets were all custom designed in bamboo with a dark stain and the backsplash is back-painted glass.
Functionality is important for any room and for a kitchen, counter space and built-in storage are crucial. The smooth, white counter tops are elegant and plenty of spacious drawers make necessary kitchen utensils and tools easily accessible to prevent time in the kitchen from becoming chaotic.
The primary suite was entirely reconfigured to create a walk-in closet and en-suite bath with a double vanity and large walk-in shower. The modern aesthetic carries into the bathroom where carefully chosen materials and textures make the space feel like a luxurious spa, perfect for relaxation. An additional bedroom and redesigned powder room are located on the main floor.
The lower level was redesigned to reduce the space in the mechanical room in order to create an additional bedroom and windows were added to allow for a view out towards the lush grounds from every space. Previously located in the kitchen, the laundry was moved downstairs.