MODERN MANSARD, Seattle
The young couple that purchased this 1950’s home loved its unique exterior form and expansive views of Lake Washington & Mt. Rainier. However, hosting their many out-of-town relatives and friends, in addition to making room for their growing family, was made complicated by a cramped series of rooms on the main floor and large, unusable spaces on the lower level. The couple sought a solution that would keep the spirit and some of the materials of the original house while also feeling clean and contemporary.
Inspired by the original large entry skylight which had been covered over time, DA’s design renovated this home down to the studs, transforming the main floor into an expansive open kitchen, dining and living area brightened at all times of year by a series of new skylights. Multi-slide and pivot doors lead out onto a large new dining terrace which showcases their large yard and views. The master suite and lower level have been reorganized to create more bedrooms and baths, maximize natural light, and allow for built-in amenities. New finishes and fixtures throughout were selected in partnership with interior designer Leah Ball Steen.
COLLABORATION: Leah Ball Steen Interior Design
[Photographs: Andrew Pogue Photography]