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Mary’s Home

A need for a dedicated studio space

Mary discovered a passion for watercolor painting and consulted with Cobalt Construction to discuss the possible addition of an artist’s studio. Working with Laura Kraft, Architect, they determined that:

  • Her small house had no place for it
  • Floor plan was chopped into cramped subdivisions
  • Living room felt separate from the rest of the house and was rarely used
  • Tiny eating space at end of kitchen was barely useable

Remodel highlights

  • Art studio was added half a story up, above existing garage
  • Dividing walls and coat closet at entry and dining room were removed, allowing one to see the whole space
  • Opening to living room was widened, connecting it visually to the main room
  • Consistent new wood flooring helps the spaces flow together

Architect: Laura Kraft, AIA

Marjorie and Tim’s Home

This Wallingford home is an impeccable
1919 Seattle Craftsman.

The vision was to seamlessly remodel the basement to the same standards as the original main floor. The homeowners are passionate about the period home they live in, and did extensive research that helped guide them in their planning. They said “It was very important to us that the new work be aesthetically in keeping with the architectural details of the rest of our house, and Brian made this happen.”

This remodel was featured in Sarah Susanka’s book, Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live. Examples covered were the 174 sq. ft. excavated back entry that adds above-grade character, thick interior walls that give a sense of permanence with floor-to ceiling bookshelves, and valuable storage gained from nooks and crannies.

Remodel highlights

  • Addition to back of the house
  • Outdoor seating area and garden
  • Media room
  • Yoga room
  • Second bath
  • Wine storage
  • Modernize mechanicals: electrical, plumbing, etc.
  • Seismic retrofitting

Architect: Laura Kraft, AIA

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