California Avenue

Completed: Spring 2018
Size: 2000 sqft
Location: Seattle, WA
Photographer: Mel Carter

The California Avenue home was a remodel for a young professional in West Seattle, which prioritized mixing a traditional aesthetic with modern, livable finishes. As a first-time home buyer, much of the furnishings were hand-me-downs from her grandmother. These personal furnishings paired with updated cosmetic and functional renovations, and a stark black palette to interplay with Seattle’s customary overcast skies.

The project scope included a full kitchen remodel and the conversion of the second bedroom into a dining room. This allows both spaces to open to the living room which expanded the public space of this small home, nearly doubling it. Sliding glass doors were added to allow the dining room to transition into an office space, increasing the modularity of the individual spaces. The traditional two-bedroom bungalow was ultimately updated across the board with dark tones, layered textiles, and unexpected wall coverings, an experiment in depth, visual surprise, and extracting maximal utility within an economical footprint. 


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