Spring Home Design: When ‘before’ transforms into an ‘after’ with all the comfort of home

Audrey J. Powers

We’ve BEEN SUSPENDED in a constantly shifting, continuously inconsistent condition of “before and after” for a while now. “Before” reminds us from time to time of alluring, acquainted inner thoughts — a good foundation, a nostalgic touchstone, a sense of understanding and convenience and safety. Dwelling foundation.

In the meantime, the elusive, at any time-blurry thought of “after” teases — and motivates — us forward. With hope. With the promise of resolution. And certainty. Oh, you should: just a person small freaking slice of certainty.   

Nicely, hallelujah: We found 4. Four brilliantly renovated/up to date/restored Seattle-location houses with absorbing “before” tales, and inspiring, complete, apparent-as-oh-pleased-day “after” outcomes.

These dramatic renewals — a vivid and mild kitchen update in a historic West Seattle home, a second-story addition/total-house redo in Exposition Heights, the supersensitive historic restoration of an architectural treasure on Queen Anne, and an officially trailblazing sustainable rework on Bainbridge Island — have not only enhanced and reworked four constructions, but also the lives of the persons within.

Even by way of our tentative, nevertheless-technically-pandemic-y current:

  • In that West Seattle kitchen area, a lovely custom island has grow to be an oasis, says Brandon, who, with his wife, Jill, “would buy out and have some good cocktails. We sit there, and we’re like: ‘Well, we just can’t go out to a bar, so I guess our new bar is just sitting down there.’ “
  • In Exposition Heights, new area (and areas) produced fantastic, practical home (and rooms) for get the job done, perform and family members togetherness. So much relatives togetherness. “I just cannot even imagine becoming in the unique household with the kids and the pet dog, especially people very first pair months, when the young ones had been property all the time,” says Lily, whose parents also reside with her and her partner, James (in their very own newly refreshed ADU).
  • On Queen Anne, it took Adelaide Blair and her husband, Darin McAdams, “a moment” to adapt to functioning from residence in these a recently open up structure, but there is a further pleased, adaptable “after” listed here, far too. “I have on headphones a whole lot,” she says. “I’m an introvert, and I like to devote all day by myself, and now there is a particular person in the household all working day, talking. I nonetheless love him. Our relationship is very good I swear it!”
  • And on Bainbridge, profound relationships — with the land, the home and the life-affirming character all all over it — cast on the supremely green path to complete Residing Constructing Challenge certification have served maintain Todd Vogel and Karen Hust (and the world alone). “It wasn’t so a great deal that the household is web zero in electrical power and h2o that tends to make us feel more healthy or much more safe,” suggests Hust. “It’s truly the relationship to position that lets for a perception of groundedness and healthfulness and equilibrium that is a mainstay all through a hard time. It is a basis that permits you to roll with chaotic situations in the environment, being aware of that you have a area to occur residence to that is regenerative to your effectively-getting, as effectively as to the area it’s created on.”   

Ah. There’s that blessed certainty: rooted in link, and in our very own romance to our have sense of house. Probably which is how we cling on and roll to no matter what our “after” holds.

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