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Mid-Century Reboot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lake Forest Park, WA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Residential

Located in Lake Forest Park, we worked with our client to revitalize this mid-century home with a modern expression. During the redesign, we made it our focus to pay homage to the home’s original charm, making improvements while still preserving the mid-century aesthetic. Originally, the kitchen was completely blocked from the rest of the home, and was in a sad state of disrepair. Now, the island is open to the living and dining room, and the large eat-in counter is one of the favorite places in the house to hang out. The floors were once a hodge podge of materials, but are now hardwood throughout (with the exception of stone at the entry). Where there was once a screen divider blocking the entry from the dining room, is now open space, allowing the living spaces to flow freely. The carefully chosen materials and textures of the bathroom make it feel like a luxurious spa, perfect for relaxation. The house has always benefited from the exposed beams and large expanses of glass, however where there was once an overly large and oppressive fireplace distracting you from the finer details, there is now a more compact and cleanly detailed gas fireplace.

One of the challenges of this particular project was uncovering the existing structure to be utilized in a new and modern expression. We also wanted the home to feel integrated with the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific Northwest. Due to the low slung nature of mid-century modern homes, the interiors can sometimes feel dark. In this home, we took advantage of the existing large window in the stairwell as well as the skylights, by tearing down interior walls and partitions. This allows the light to filter deep into the house. We also added a large window connecting the deck to the kitchen. Like all good mid-century modern homes, the connection between inside and outside is an integral part of the design.

Contrasting warm wood ceilings and cool kitchen surfaces, as well as the bright pop of yellow green, make the room feel fresh and modern. The otherwise neutral colors of the kitchen ensure the minimalist qualities are not overwhelmed. Functionality is important for any room and for a kitchen, counter space and built in storage are crucial. The smooth, white counter tops are elegant and plenty of spacious drawers make necessary kitchen utensils and tools easily accessible to prevent time in the kitchen from becoming chaotic.



PROJECT Mid Century Reboot - Residential Remodel

PROJECT TEAM Michelle Linden, George Maroussis

DATE OF COMPLETION 2013