Poised high above the street, this remodeled house in historic West Seattle is definitely worth mentioning. Take a closer look at the BEFORE photos, and you will clearly see why.
Without even seeing the inside of the house, you know it’s going to be awesome. The exterior transformation is stunning.
Gone are the overgrown bushes that hid the house from view. The new front porch, with a solid white railing and over-sized decorative corner brackets supporting the porch roof, is welcoming. A dormer expands the second floor living space and adds interest to the roof line. New Craftsman-style doors and windows are framed in white. Finish the house with a fresh coat of cheerful Spring green . . . a warm cedar stain on the garage door, front door, porch steps and ceiling . . . and a lovely garden with low-growing evergreens and boulders, and voilá . . . the house is as good as, if not better than, new!
Open floor plan
The original house was small, just 1,400 square feet with 3 bedrooms and a bath. Expanding the second floor and finishing the lower level increased the living space to 2,200 square feet.
The house was completely remodeled inside and out.
In the living room, a new Craftsman-style mantle surrounds the original stone fireplace. Walls were painted a warm butter yellow White ceiling and trim help reflect the natural light and keep the small room looking light and airy.
Will Heaton and James Dainard of Heaton Dainard, a full service real estate investment firm in Bellevue, WA, managed the entire project.
The original dining room, directly off of the living room, was small and claustrophobic. A single, narrow doorway led to the kitchen and bedroom hall.
Removing the wall between dining room and kitchen gave the main floor its open floor plan. A half-wall, which doubles as a counter, now separates the dining area from the kitchen. The original dining room chandelier was replaced with a simple pendant to allow for the new range hood to be fully visible as you enter the house.
Simple, clean lines, a cool palette, Craftsman-style cabinetry, and high-end appliances define the new, modern kitchen.
The original kitchen was gutted; and, with the dining room wall removed, it was rebuilt using a new layout.
A stainless range and hood were placed along the new half-wall, facing the dining room. A smaller window was installed above the sink, and upper cabinets were hung to the ceiling on both sides of it. The cabinets, with glass at the top, echo the other Craftsman elements in the house. Shiny white subway tile was used for the backsplash. Walls are painted a pale grey.
Main floor bedroom area
The main floor bedroom hall is at the front of the kitchen and visible from the dining room.
The original bath was renovated, but maintains its classic charm with a pedestal sink, black-and-white floor tile, and wainscoting. Above the wainscoting, the walls are painted a cool blue, which is soothing and restful.
Two bedrooms finish off the main floor. One of the bedrooms, at the back of the house, acts as an office. Colors in the room are muted and take their cue from the framed artwork. The area rug is the same blue used in the bathroom.
Master bedroom and bath
On the second floor, a third bedroom went from small to spacious. It makes a perfect master suite and retreat. The new dormer enlarged the original space and provides a cozy place to sit. There is also a walk-in closet.
The new master bath is exquisite and has all the amenities you could want—walk-in shower, large soaking tub, double sinks . . . and marble. The soft grey is soothing and zen-like. Two large skylights bring natural light into the room.
But wait . . . there’s more
The house’s small footprint never changed. The only thing I would add is a nice-sized deck and pergola for barbecues and dining alfresco.
Heaton Dainard purchased the house for $300,000, spent $145,000 on the renovations, and put it back on the market for $629,000—a reasonable price for a house with city views in the historic area of Seattle. As I write this, a sale is pending.