Like many older homes, this 4,800 square foot brick Tudor turned its back on a park-like half acre lot in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Unlike its new owners, the existing house was formal, dark and introverted. With appreciation for the historic woodwork, craftsmanship and materials, our clients wanted to preserve history while transforming the home to connect indoor spaces directly to the expansive back yard.

Project Name: Past Present House
Studio Name:
Chadbourne + doss architects
Location: Seattle, United States
Photography: Kevin Scott
Project size: 5500 ft2
Site size: 24800 ft2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 3

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Living Room ©Kevin Scott

The concept of a “modern conservatory” influenced our design of an addition we placed at the back of this Tudor. It houses a new Kitchen, Family Room, Master Bedroom and covered Roof Deck. The addition opens to a new carved patio space that extends up into the landscape to new seating areas, a bathhouse, a guesthouse, a potting shed/bar, and a covered outdoor seating pavilion.

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Kitchen ©Kevin Scott

The entire house was remodeled as a study in contrasts. The existing portions of the home celebrate mass, solidity, and craft with warm woodwork, plaster arches, and cozy rooms. We added new finishes, including stone and blackened steel accents. The new addition accentuates lightness with a warm modernity. The architecture is comprised of straight lines, smooth materials, and minimal trim. Flush walnut and blackened steel casework were used with large glass doors that open to the outdoors.

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Exterior View ©Kevin Scott

These contrasts give the occupants a variety of spatial and textural experiences that suit different moods or activities. The owners have spent decades living in both the United States and Shanghai. This home is a showcase for their collection of contemporary Chinese art and Asian artifacts. It also provides a beautiful modern setting for frequent gatherings of friends from around the world.

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