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Neglected bungalow gets a facelift

April 26th, 2010 by John Kirchner

When the new owners of a 1910 bungalow turned to Place Architects of Seattle, the homeowners needed help overhauling house worn down by several years of neglect. They made sure to take the opportunity to do more than just freshen the paint:

Homes from the early 1900s tend to be more compartmentalized, with dark, narrow hallways. For the remodel, the owners wanted to expand the existing home to allow more light and better support the needs of a modern family.

To achieve this, a visual corridor replaced the physical one between the family room and kitchen. The result is a series of rooms — family room, dining room, and kitchen — that, although separated from each other, have been opened up, flooding the whole first floor with abundant light. One advantage of replacing rather than remodeling was being able to position all of the systems and supporting infrastructure such as internet and cable access, as well as heating and cooling, where they can best support the lifestyle of the owners, says Johnson [the architect].

Double-hung windows by Integrity allow natural light to pour into the house and provide sufficient airflow throughout.

The kitchen, relatively open to the rest of the house, includes Amana and Thermador appliances and Kohler fixtures.

As part of the owners’ determination to recreate the Craftsman integrity inherent in the original dwelling, particular attention was paid to the detail work. The angled trim over doors and windows, the chair rails, wainscots, and crown molding are faithful period reproductions that help establish the home’s authenticity.

Johnston says the success of any remodeling project comes down to the ability to recognize the character and charm of the previous house and a determination on the part of everyone involved to preserve those aspects in the new home.

Read more and see more photos at Trends & Ideas.



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