It's been a busy week for the Woodinville project. The foundation has been poured, and the family can now really get a sense of the size and flow of the addition.
This project has been designed with features that will support the medical needs of the household, including an indoor swim-in-place pool and lots of automation and wheelchair-friendly features.
Framing is complete and the roofing is being installed on the second story addition.
Built in 1915, this is one of the oldest homes in Seattle that I have had the opportunity to work on. While we've been busy preserving it's charm and optimizing it for modern living, this is what has been going on across the street...
This makes me feel both sad and proud at the same time. Sad, because I have lost count of how many of my projects have required a special order to match that tall cedar siding. Here went an entire house of it, along with other goods that could have been salvaged, into the dumpster.
About one house like this is being demolished on this block per month. What goes up in its place will probably be a multi-family building due to the zoning in this area. That part doesn't make me sad. There is a logical need for housing density in Seattle, and right now I am hopeful that it will be a really well-designed building. (Sadness may set in on that point later -- so many of the new multi-family buildings fall short of good design... very, very short.)
Meanwhile, I'm proud because my clients are good stewards of a unique home that will someday be one of the few that remain, and they trusted me to help them make the right decisions for both the house and their family.
I carefully designed the addition so that it would appear original to the house when we are done, including matching details on the trim and siding which you will see in later photos. The new rooms are modest in size, in proportion to the original rooms. Many original elements are being reused or restored -- including the brass and crystal interior doorknobs, the front door, and the original twist-to-ring doorbell that is being repaired thanks to a friend with a 3D printer.