Patty and Howard’s Home

This Magnolia 1940s beauty was not aging graciously.

The owner’s introduction came with unusual directions, “It’s easy to find—just look for the ugliest house on the block.” A “before” picture tells the story.

The vision was to modernize and add visual appeal to this bland and faded facade, including a re-imagined roofline that banished the cookie-cutter pattern of the 40s. Care was taken to keep the fundamentally sound bone structure of this aging beauty.

The house was selected for the 2007 Magnolia Garden Tour and the backyard garden was featured on the King County television series “Yard Talk, Episode 15: Local Food.”

Remodel highlights

  • Raise and extend roofline
  • Build new concealed-fastener metal "forever roof"
  • Install rainscreen siding and blow-in insulation
  • Ironwood and Cembonit siding materials for lifetime durability
  • Removed brick chimney and replaced with modern metal flues
  • Replace three French doors with quality gliders to maximize view
  • Design and build garden shed (using surplus materials) to harmonize with house

Architect: Philip Beck, AIA, Beck Studio

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