A young family was searching for a home in their favorite Seattle neighborhood when they stumbled upon a quaint
The historic home was remodeled several times over the years and is in need of a complete interior overhaul and addition to accommodate the family of three. Justin and Dean immediately tapped Best Practice Architecture to transform their quirky home. They previously worked with the firm on updating their first house and at the time were drawn to their whimsical design aesthetic and willingness to work with a young couple just starting out. Justin explains, “Honestly, we didn’t even consider working with another firm when we decided to start our next chapter as a family. We enlisted their help immediately as we started to tour fixer-uppers so we could get a better sense of possibilities in prospective houses.”
The pair worked closely on the project with Best Practice for three years, from start to finish. “The familiarity we have with Best Practice was comforting and knowing what they could produce gave us the confidence to let them do what they do best,” says Justin “They designed a home uniquely suited to our taste, lifestyle, and design aesthetic.” The nimble design team reimagined the space with bright, beachy, and contemporary details while maintaining the charm the clients were originally drawn to.
The Best Practice team completely opened up the main floor of the home to create a light, modern space with views connecting to the
An addition was both necessary and transformational for the home’s small footprint. The added square footage consists of a second story towards the rear of the home, carefully placed to preserve the illusion of a one-story bungalow from the charming, white picket street façade in the front. Homeowners reach the second floor by a new, open stair with custom steel and glass handrails. An open concept primary suite occupies the top level, complete with a luxurious tiled bath and custom closet.
The addition is bold but complements the home’s character while standing on its own as a modern form. It is a contrasting black metal volume perched on top of the more traditional bungalow — an abstract version of the original home. The design team chose a warm white with pops of sage for the historic home’s exterior. This blend of old and new results in a contemporary take on Seattle’s iconic houseboats, outfitted for land and
Photography by Rafael Soldi