Perched at the crest of a hill, this 1920’s cottage was badly in need of a renovation to better support the young family who owns it. Working with Seattle architect Jay Coupard, a renovation was undertaken to improve the building’s form, while at the same time strengthening the connections to the street and backyard. Using local military housing vernacular from nearby Fort Lawton, a carefully detailed interior renovation was also designed.
Coupard reimagined the interior volumes for the public spaces, combining a small kitchen and breakfast room into a functional, beautiful kitchen for adventurous cooks. He also combined a small living and dining room into a well-proportioned great room, reflecting how this family uses their house. Furthermore, the connection between the new great room and kitchen was relocated and enlarged, allowing the public rooms to feel balanced yet distinct.
With construction underway, OreStudios was brought onboard to help select new fixtures and furnishings that were congruous with the major space-planning and finish selection decisions that had already been made.
Neutral foundation pieces were selected for maximum flexibility, paying special attention to scale and views through rooms. A pair of open-back vintage chairs sits in front of the new living room windows, blocking as little light as possible. Subtle quantities of blue and ochre were added to the decoration to support the new painted window trims as well as the original Batchelder tile on the fireplace. Graceful chairs, stools, and decorative lighting add a warm note to the crisp detailing of the interior envelope.
The final result is a carefully planned and highly edited group of spaces that are relaxed, simple, and complete. The rooms feel good whether inhabited by one person or a whole group, and allow this family to use their home in a gracious and realistic way.