Residential

march's featured project by Claire Grotz

Our clients have lived on a 1,500 square foot houseboat for years. The houseboat is where they raised their children but they are now ready for an upgrade. Designing a houseboat for them presented some unique challenges since new houseboats aren't allowed. Therefore, this was designed to take the place of the existing houseboat where it matches the exact size, footprint, and height of the pre-existing home. 

Space is utilized with lots of built ins to fit a living space, office, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms comfortably. Niches between the float framing act as storage for kayaks and other items. Because construction was done on a float, builders were not able to use a level and precise fabrication was done off site and installed on the boat as a unit. 

Plenty of skylights and windows take advantage of the surrounding natural light and views. Cedar screens were installed at the perimeter of the float to create private outdoor spaces while radiant heated flooring keeps the inside cozy. The houseboat is being built in Ballard and will then be brought to it's final home of Lake Union this month. The previous houseboat has been donated and will sit on land in its next life. 




november's featured project by Claire Grotz

A 1950's split level home in Leshi is getting a remodel and addition. The entire interior is being gutted, a story is being added, and we are re-working the entry sequence from the street.  When complete, the current top floor will be reworked so that it has two generous bedrooms as well as a master suite.  Public areas are pushed to the new top story with lots of windows allowing a view over Lake Washington, Mercer Island, and Mt. Rainier. With some of the best views of the area, the single-family remodel will take advantage of the amazing property benefits. Stay tuned to see the progress of the Leshi neighborhood home!





designing for fido by miriam_atelierdrome

When we're designing a house remodel we like our client to think about everyone who lives in the house, including Fido! Here are some ideas that simplify your life and spoil your furry one.


1. dog wash station




2. food and water dishes incorporated into cabinetry




3. windows at the right height





4. quiet hide-outs















sofa to sitcom by Unknown






When we're not busy designing living rooms we're busy watching them on our favorite sitcoms. It's fun to test if we're absorbing any of the interior decor while laughing along with some of our favorite characters. How many of these do you recognize? We got a 93%, think you can beat our score? Try the quiz here!

kids table by Unknown

With the holidays right around the bend we’re thinking it’s time for the card table and folding chairs to get an upgrade: here is some furniture that makes us want to sit at the kids table this season:

Even the littlest guest can partake in the festivities in these beautifully designed high chairs.


Spanish children’s furniture maker Micuna’s Ovo highchair. Practical without sacrificing on design, the wood legs are made of sustainable beech and the white tray is dishwasher safe. And it doesn’t take a kids imagination to see that the packaging may be their favorite part of the deal


Finnish birch plywood Onni chair comes in festive colors and forgoes the tray for inclusion at the family table




Danish furniture maker Small Design’s “cirkel” table comes with four stools that can be tucked away when not in use or arranged to create a second smaller table.



Also by Small Design, the “cube” is a table and chair in one


And last but not least, reminiscent of the tolix stool but in mini, the Lemonade table & stool set by babyletto is stackable washable and works as a stool or side table as well.

Will your kids table resemble any of these? Let us know what you have planned for your holidays!