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West Seattle Interior Remodel

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS upper floor view 1: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

This 1950s era home was a well built home with great views, but was in need of significant updates.  The scope of work included opening up walls to create an open floor plan at the upper level, with an updated kitchen and master suite, as well as cost-effective aesthetic updates at the stairs and lower level.  Green building strategies included:

  • Replacing existing windows with efficient dual pane fiberglass composite windows
  • Locally made plywood cabinets with no added urea formaldehyde
  • Low VOC paints, adhesives, and caulks
  • Hard surface flooring to limit dust and allergens
  • Natural linoleum at the kitchen and stairs
  • New high efficiency gas furnace
  • Limiting the work to stay within the existing envelope of the home rather than adding square footage

The open floor plan makes the space feel brighter and more inviting — and much larger, although the square footage is the same.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS kitchen view 1: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS upper floor view 2: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

The new kitchen cabinets are locally made from maple veneer plywood and feature open shelves.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS kitchen cabinet: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

Some photos of this area before the renovation, to show the dramatic difference from removing a couple of walls:

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS kitchen before: Photo by Parie Hines  LD Arch Design: Cheery WS living room before: Photo by Parie Hines

Another area that needed some updates was the tiny bathroom:

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS bathroom before 1: Photo by Parie Hines  LD Arch Design: Cheery WS bathroom before 2: Photo by Parie Hines

By expanding the bathroom into the space of a small adjoining closet and changing the entrance, the tiny bathroom feels much more open. We were even able to find room for a small guest bathroom by using a portion of the hallway where the original bathroom entrance was.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS bathroom 1: Photo by Parie Hines  LD Arch Design: Cheery WS bathroom 2: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

The basement was dark and a little creepy feeling, but with a good opportunity for access to the backyard garden.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS basement before: Photo by Parie Hines

We finished the wall and ceiling with drywall and efficient LED recessed can lights. With new windows, a glazed door, and some light colored paint selections, the lower level is a pleasant place to be.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS basement 1: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS basement 2: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

The stairs down to the basement are a dramatic change. The natural linoleum treads with metal nosing and plywood fronts is a cost effective way to update the look of the stairs in a playful way.

LD Arch Design: Cheery WS stairs before: Photo by Parie Hines  LD Arch Design: Cheery WS stairs: Photo by Holli with an i Photography

Although the owners were contemplating the addition of a third floor master bedroom suite, as well as some options for increasing the size of the home, we were able to find good solutions within the existing footprint, which allowed for some of the budget to be used for improving the windows, appliances and HVAC equipment. The home now will be more comfortable and energy efficient for the future.

Cheery West Seattle Interior Remodel Photo Gallery

Roll over for more information and click to see a slideshow view. Photos by Holli with an i Photography unless noted otherwise.

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