Best Practice Incorporates Contemporary Details and Square Footage Without Compromising on Charm (Seattle, WA) July 2021 – A young family was searching for a home in their favorite Seattle neighborhood when they stumbled upon a quaint bungalow with a unique history: an original houseboat that had been relocated to land during the early 20th century. Nestled in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood one block from Lake Washington, the quaint Boathouse Bungalow checked every box for homeowners Justin and Dean in their pursuit of the perfect place to raise their daughter.
Project Name: Boathouse Bungalow
Studio Name: Best Practice Architecture
LOCATION: Madison Park, Seattle, WA
ADDRESS: 2015 42nd Ave E Seattle, WA 98112
AREA: Lot Size: 3,850 sf Existing
Area: 1,449 sf
New Addition Area: 600 sf
New House Total
Area: 2,049 sf
PHOTO CREDIT: Rafael Soldi
DESIGN TEAM: Best Practice Architecture
Ian Butcher – LEAD Sam Wilson
STRUCTURAL: Harriott Valentine Engineers
James Harriot – LEAD Tess Pietro
CONTRACTOR: Ainslie-Davis Construction
Cabinetry – LEICHT Seattle Metal Siding – Loeberg Roofing
Custom Vanity Lighting – Fixture Design Studio (Josh Leggett) Custom Metal Fabrications – Twisted Metalworks
Plumbing Fixture Sourcing – Seattle Interiors Decorative Lighting Sourcing – Inform Interiors Fireplace – Sutter Home and Hearth
Windows and Door Sourcing – Windows, Doors, and More PRODUCTS: Metal Siding – Taylor Metals – Versa-span
Dutch Doors – Rogue Valley Door
Windows – Milgard Tuscany (typical replacement), Milgard Ultra (new windows)
Paint – Interior – Benjamin Moore Aura Paint – Exterior – Benjamin Moore Aura
Wood Floor/Stair – Allwood Group, 7” Champagne Plank “Character” Carpet – Nature’s Carpet, Everest “Mountain Mist”
Bathroom Floor Tile – Dal Tile, Raine “Stratus White”, 2” hex
Primary Bath Wall Tile – Anne Sacks, Savoy Classic Field, Ribbed 2×8 Secondary Wall Tile – Dal Tile – Rittenhouse 3×6 subway, matte Kitchen Counter – Neolith 1.2cm “Mont Blanc Silk”
Bathroom Counters – Caesarstone 2cm “Pure White”
Light Fixtures – Exterior – WAC Lighting, Tube, Single Wall Mount Light Fixtures – Interior – Recessed Downlights – Juno 5” Universal
Light Fixtures – Bath Vanities – Custom Linear Fixture Fixture Design Studio Light Fixtures – Dining Pendant – Moooi NR2, medium, black
Light Fixtures – Ceiling Fans – Minka Aire, Roto, “coal” finish
Light Fixtures – Kitchen Island – Muuto, Ambit Pendant, “dusty green” Light Fixtures – Stair Landing – Lambert & Fils, Parc 03, “black”
The historic home was remodeled several times over the years and in need of a complete interior overhaul and addition to accommodate the family of three. Justin and Dean immediately tapped Best Practice Architecture to transform their quirky home. They previously worked with the firm on updating their first house and at the time were drawn to their whimsical design aesthetic and willingness to work with a young couple just starting out. Justin explains, “Honestly, we didn’t even consider working with another firm when we decided to start our next chapter as a family. We enlisted their help immediately as we started to tour fixer-uppers so we could get a better sense of possibilities in prospective houses.”
The pair worked closely on the project with Best Practice for three years, start to finish. “The familiarity we have with Best Practice was comforting and knowing what they could produce gave us the confidence to
let them do what they do best,” says Justin “They designed a home uniquely suited to our taste, lifestyle, and design aesthetic.” The nimble design team reimagined the space with bright, beachy, and contemporary details while maintaining the charm the clients were originally drawn to.
The Best Practice team completely opened up the main floor of the home to create a light, modern space with views connecting to the backyard. Upon entry through a painted dutch door, a large great room with vaulted white stained Cedar ceilings greets visitors. The open layout includes a generously sized gourmet kitchen, dining room, and comfortable living space. On the lowest level, Best Practice made minor
improvements to an existing bedroom and bathroom — a fun space for Justin and Dean’s young daughter complete with a coat of pink paint. The designers added a laundry room to the now functional lower floor in addition to a double-height home oﬀice with vast views and direct access to the backyard. From the oﬀice, an overhead lookout cleverly connects to the kitchen above.
An addition was both necessary and transformational for the home’s small footprint. The added square footage consists of a second story towards the rear of the home, carefully placed to preserve the illusion of a one-story bungalow from the charming, white picket street façade in the front.
Homeowners reach the second floor by a new, open stair with custom steel and glass handrails. An open concept primary suite occupies the top level, complete with a luxurious tiled bath and custom closet.
The addition is bold but complements the home’s character while standing on its own as a modern form. It is a contrasting black metal volume perched on top of the more traditional bungalow— an abstract version of the original home. The design team chose a warm white with pops of sage for the historic home’s exterior. This blend of old and new results in a contemporary take on Seattle’s iconic houseboats, outfitted for land and modern living. “We love its unexpected uniqueness,” said Justin and Dean. “From the street, it still looks like the cute Madison Park bungalow we fell in love with, but once you step inside it’s a complete surprise. It’s the opposite of predictable and we love the blend of traditional and modern. It’s uniquely us and it shows.”
About Best Practice
Best Practice is a nimble-minded design-intensive architecture firm located in Seattle, WA, founded in 2011. The firm engages in a diverse range of work from residential to large-scale oﬀice and cultural projects. The team takes inspiration from the needs of clients and choreographs intuitive experiences, all while seeking to provide innovative solutions that explore the precarious balance between content, beauty, and function. Best Practiced received the 2019 Emerging Firm Award from the AIA Northwest and Pacific Regions.