Category Archives: News

N e w s

Carmela Building – Windermere

The beautiful Carmela building was built circa 1920’s on Capital Hills East Pike Street and early on was the home of a early 20th century Safeway store, wood shop and more recently an appliance store.

We were selected to design the interior improvements for a new boutique Windermere Real Estate office. Our clients design inspiration is grounded in modern classics set against the historical exterior. Design influences include Bauhaus, Scandinavian and Mid-Century Modern.

We hope to start construction very soon!

Posted in News | Comments Off on Carmela Building – Windermere

San Juan Island Cabin in the Woods

We recently began design on new retreat cabin located on the eastern shores of San Juan Island. The cabin is situated just above the banks of Puget Sound and is nested at the edge of a dense forest of Madrona, Pine, Hemlock and Fir trees.

The cabin is oriented to take full advantage of the views east towards Lopez Island and is located on the edge of a beautiful rock-laden hillside of native mosses and shrubs.

Our client is interested in a whimsical design to signal relaxing, adventure, fun, tree-house, retreat, family-centered. The main building includes living, dining, kitchen areas, a yoga studio as well as a bunk loft for kids. In addition, there will be a more private wing that will incorporate an office/media space and a master suite.

Posted in News | Comments Off on San Juan Island Cabin in the Woods

West Ballard Residence

We recently began schematic design on renovations, a second level addition and landscape to a small bungalow home within the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Our clients design objective is to create a design that fits their four kids and their active lifestyles within a modern eclectic style.

The second level addition includes a master bedroom and bath, three children’s bedrooms, a staircase with a large infinity type skylight to allow natural light to penetrate deep into the interior spaces. Additionally, a loft-like bedroom/work studio will be added within the attic allowing our client to take advantage of their views towards downtown and distant Mount Rainier.

The renovations includes new living and dining rooms, kitchen, media/family space, laundry, office and a sliding door system leading to a covered porch and a sunny south facing deck set within a new landscape and reflecting pool.

Posted in News | Comments Off on West Ballard Residence

Hawthorne Hills Home

We recently completed the renovations, second level addition and landscape to a 1940’s era home in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood of Seattle. Our clients design objective was to design the renovations and addition in a way to fit seamlessly to the existing home’s style. “We wanted it to look as if it had always been there”.

The second level addition includes a master bedroom, bay window and bath, two children’s bedrooms with bay windows and a beautiful new staircase set within a light monitor and gallery to allow for natural light to penetrate deep within the interior spaces.

Renovations includes the kitchen, media room, laundry, office and a family/gathering room that opens through a sliding door system onto to a covered porch which in turn leads you out to an intimate bluestone patio set into granite boulders and lush plantings.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Hawthorne Hills Home

Fats Restaurant

Fat’s is a southern style, New Orleans-influenced restaurant focusing on authentic & natural ingredients in the heart of the Central District. Fat’s serves fried chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, fried okra, red beans & rice, etc. with a nod to the building’s history. The atmosphere features a hand painted mural and walnut furniture made by local artists.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Fats Restaurant

Ballard Loft Apartments

We are currently designing phase-one of the Ballard Loft Apartments. These loft apartments will be built directly atop the recently restored C & C Paint Building along Ballard Avenue in Seattle (see earlier post).

The 2 loft units will be comprised of a studio and a 3 bedroom apartment. The apartments will include an expansive landscaped patio with views down towards active Ballard Avenue, ten-foot cantilevered decks facing south towards Shilshole, Fisherman’s Terminal and Magnolia, a mezzanine/loft and 18 foot high ceilings.

Construction is scheudled to begin on early 2016.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Ballard Loft Apartments

Ballard’s C & C Paint Building Nears Completion

We are making headway on the renovations and shell/core improvements to the C & C Paint Building which located on historic Ballard Avenue Northwest in Seattle. Originally constructed in the 1910′s we have been tasked with refurbishing and renovating the existing 2-story masonry building from a paint store into new vibrant retail and office spaces.

Working closely with our client and the Ballard Landmarks District we are restoring many of the original features that were embodied within the original building that had decayed and/or been destroyed over the past 100 years.

The restoration and improvements include; stripping-off the ill advised 1960’s stucco veneer, reintroducing new expansive commercial storefronts, restoring the brick facade and wood cornice, renovating the interiors of the 2nd floor offices and arched windows as well as providing seismic upgrades. Our goal is to be complete the renovations in the early part of 2016.

We will continue to post more photos as construction continues.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Ballard’s C & C Paint Building Nears Completion

1000Spirits GustoBistro Nears Completion

Great news, we are about to open a new restaurant and bar called 1000Spirits GustoBistro here in Seattle.  Our clients Tim Firnstahl, who previously was a owner in Jake O’shaunhessy’s and F.X. McRory’s, and along with his daughter Merrisa Claridge decided after more than twenty years to close their successful restaurant, Von’s Roasthouse on Pine Street, and move towards the water on Harbor Steps and 1st Avenue.

Working in collaboration with Tim, Merrisa and Jake Mead of Blackball Construction we wanted to create a restaurant centered around having a great experience that inter-twins with great food with great stories.

1000Spirits is set to open on February 15th.

Posted in News | Comments Off on 1000Spirits GustoBistro Nears Completion

Recently Completed Washington Park Home

We are happy to announce that the new home for the past few years in Washington Park is now complete…well 99% complete.  There is always a few minor touchups to be done!

It was a wonderful project from beginning to end.  We had incredible clients who were very happy to have move in and are delighted on how everything turned out, especially the back yard!

The home is situated on a corner lot elevated above the adjacent streets which allow for spectacular views east towards Lake Washington, the skyline of Bellevue and the Cascade Mountain Range.  In addition to designing the house we also designed the surrounding landscape.

Many thanks goes to our General Contractor, Krekow Jennings and our Interior Designer, LeeAnn Baker.  It was a wonderful collaboration and we were fortunate to have them on our team!

Though we hope to have professional photographs taken soon we have added a few or our ‘non-professional’ snapshots below for you to enjoy.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Recently Completed Washington Park Home

Shilshole Building – 5309 22nd Avenue Ballard

We are now under construction on the former Ballard Millwork Company building.  Originally constructed in the 1920’s we are converting the 2-story concrete, masonry and heavy timber building into restaurant, commercial and retail spaces.

This is one of many adaptive-reuse projects we have been involved in over the years and our fortunate to have great client who is working with us to preserver much of the character of the building.

Some of the improvements will include; seismic retrofitting, new windows and doors, new indoor/outdoor deck and a sunny outdoor terrace.

We will post more photos as construction continues.


Posted in News | Comments Off on Shilshole Building – 5309 22nd Avenue Ballard