First Time Homeowner’s Renovation of Seattle Craftsman Bungalow

Renovation To A Seattle Craftsman Bungalow

In the Okanagan Valley we have a number of cities and towns that have a stock of older homes, located in the town proper, many of them built before the 1960’s.  These homes are mostly smaller in size and generally they are affordable. An obvious exception to this is downtown Kelowna where zoning changes have allowed for increased density via laneway houses and this has boosted the cost of these properties. However, in Vernon, Summerland and Penticton homes in the city centres are comparatively inexpensive (the current “hot” market not withstanding) and they would fit the size requirements of couples or small families. The downside to them is that many are dated and require system and service upgrades as well as interior remodelling. At the beginning of August, I shared an article how space could be gained in older homes by expanding into the attic.

Today’s post showcases a project in Seattle where a design oriented young lady updated a Craftsman styled home in an established neighbourhood with an eclectic mix of interior furnishings and decor. She did not do a wholesale gut and redo but chose to re-arrange some room layouts and refinished and repainted her way to a very successful conclusion.

When the homeowner set out in search of her dream home in Seattle during the summer of 2015, she did so toting a wish list of charming must-haves: checkerboard black and white tile floors in the kitchen, hardwoods throughout, and a classic Craftsman style. And, in the midst of a rapidly rising and highly competitive housing market, she was lucky enough to land a house in Seattle’s desirable Roosevelt neighbourhood that checked off all of the boxes on her list— and then some!

Location: Roosevelt — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,800 square feet

Original Article: Apartment Therapy
Contributor: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom

The living room is the best representation of the owner’s eclectic, mix-and-match design sensibility. The Louis XV sofa is right at home with the modern coffee table and Moroccan rug.

The owner has worked to make the space a unique reflection of her own distinctly eclectic style and has intentionally shied away from ascribing to one specific design aesthetic.

She best describes her taste as a “mix and match” of different styles that appeal to her for different reasons.

She has been able to pull inspiration for each room from her travels and her love of music and art history to build a home that she is proud of. And, at the end of the day, her main goal has been to create a home that makes her guests feel warmth and happiness. It seems as though she has done just that.

The dining room is bright and carries the mix of colour from the living room.

The plants add a touch of greenery which is very welcome.

O like the refinished sideboard. I have one stored at my mother’s house, waiting for re-use.

A proud owner, and she should be. An excellent job.

This kitchen colour is not for those who are shy but it sure works here. The cabinets are original but are just fine.

Great built-ins.

Notice the Kitchen-Aid mixer that was colour matched to the walls.

The green from the kitchen was carried through to the bedroom.

The punchy wallpaper is very stylish today.


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