May 17, 2022


Anything but ordinary

Spring Home Design: When ‘before’ transforms into an ‘after’ with all the comfort of home

We have BEEN SUSPENDED in a consistently shifting, constantly inconsistent condition of “before and after” for a while now. “Before” reminds us from time to time of alluring, acquainted emotions — a stable basis, a nostalgic touchstone, a perception of realizing and ease and comfort and safety. Dwelling base.

Meanwhile, the elusive, at any time-blurry concept of “after” teases — and motivates — us ahead. With hope. With the promise of resolution. And certainty. Oh, be sure to: just a person very small freaking slice of certainty.   

Effectively, hallelujah: We discovered 4. 4 brilliantly renovated/up-to-date/restored Seattle-area houses with absorbing “before” tales, and inspiring, complete, apparent-as-oh-delighted-day “after” results.

These dramatic renewals — a bright and light kitchen area update in a historic West Seattle home, a second-story addition/full-property redo in Exposition Heights, the supersensitive historic restoration of an architectural treasure on Queen Anne, and an officially trailblazing sustainable rework on Bainbridge Island — have not only improved and transformed four structures, but also the lives of the folks inside.

Even by our tentative, however-technically-pandemic-y existing:

  • In that West Seattle kitchen, a lovely custom made island has grow to be an oasis, suggests Brandon, who, with his wife, Jill, “would buy out and have some wonderful cocktails. We sit there, and we’re like: ‘Well, we cannot go out to a bar, so I guess our new bar is just sitting there.’ “
  • In Exposition Heights, new place (and areas) designed fabulous, purposeful place (and rooms) for do the job, perform and household togetherness. So a lot household togetherness. “I simply cannot even visualize getting in the authentic residence with the youngsters and the pet dog, specifically all those initially pair months, when the little ones were being house all the time,” claims Lily, whose parents also dwell with her and her spouse, James (in their have freshly refreshed ADU).
  • On Queen Anne, it took Adelaide Blair and her husband, Darin McAdams, “a moment” to adapt to functioning from house in this sort of a newly open up structure, but there’s an additional content, adaptable “after” right here, also. “I have on headphones a great deal,” she states. “I’m an introvert, and I like to expend all working day by myself, and now there’s a person in the house all day, talking. I nonetheless love him. Our relationship is excellent I swear it!”
  • And on Bainbridge, profound interactions — with the land, the home and the lifetime-affirming character all all-around it — forged on the supremely eco-friendly path to whole Living Making Challenge certification have aided maintain Todd Vogel and Karen Hust (and the world alone). “It was not so substantially that the home is web zero in energy and drinking water that can make us feel much healthier or additional safe,” says Hust. “It’s seriously the link to position that enables for a sense of groundedness and healthfulness and harmony which is a mainstay for the duration of a tough time. It’s a foundation that lets you to roll with chaotic situation in the entire world, realizing that you have a place to appear home to that is regenerative to your nicely-becoming, as properly as to the spot it’s constructed upon.”   

Ah. There’s that blessed certainty: rooted in link, and in our possess marriage to our have perception of residence. It’s possible that is how we dangle on and roll to whatever our “after” retains.