CASA: Seattle-based residential architect, custom home architecture and interior design services
Whole-House Remodel with Passive Solar Design and Smart Ventilation
This CASA whole-house remodel of a Leschi home was featured as the AIA Home of the Month for November 2013 on the Seattle Magazine website, as well as in the print edition. It was selected by a panel of judges from AIA Seattle.
What the Client Asked For
The primary issue the client wanted addressed was replacing the roof, a low-slope built-up tar roof that leaked and had reached the end of its life span. They were interested in replacing the whole roof with a higher-pitched, single-slope structure, to create more window surface, opening views of a city park and Lake Washington and letting in more light.
In evaluating our options, it made most sense to remodel the whole house within the existing footprint, so we could deal cost-effectively with the structural issues and take full advantage of the higher spaces created by the new roofline. Within this broader scope, the client wanted to:
Preserve the open floor plan and create a new kitchen, a new master bath, and a new office upstairs, as well as a new office and recreation/exercise room downstairs.
Update mechanical and electrical systems.
Replace the siding and windows.
Rebuild the fireplace and chimney.
Replace and expand the deck and garden terracing, and improve access.
Replace privacy fencing in the front and back yards.
The result is a beautiful Northwest contemporary house that is open and full of light, even on the darkest winter days. To get there, the roof, fireplace façade, and upper chimney works were removed and the rest of the house totally gutted and rebuilt.
The new roof made possible high window walls to the south allowing more daylight to the interior and opening up the view to the adjacent city park and Lake Washington beyond.
All windows and siding are new, and the new metal roof is rated for 50 years.
The front door looked like a utility entrance so it was replaced with a new door and sidelights, with an outside screen wall separating the driveway from the front walkway, giving the main entry more street presence.
The entry stairway was replaced with a more open and inviting structure. A new office was added over the entry, where a little-used deck was before.
The kitchen was opened to the dining room and completely rebuilt with new cabinets and appliances.
The living-room fireplace was rebuilt and refaced, and new art accent lighting was installed.
Hardwood floors replaced carpet on the main level, and the entry was resurfaced with slate tiles.
The back of the house had a partial deck and terraced landscaping, so we expanded the deck and replaced a worn-out hot tub with a covered swim-in-place pool. The master suite was completely redone with access to this new pool deck.
New privacy fencing encloses the front and back yards, and garden terraces were enlarged and reconfigured for easy access.