When the homeowners first purchased the house, it was compartmentalized, outdated, and nonfunctional for their growing family. Casework designed the owner's previous kitchen and family room and was brought in to lead up the creative direction for the project. Casework teamed up with architect Paul Crowther and brother sister team Ainslie Davis on the addition and remodel of the 1925 Colonial.
How do you blend old and new? It’s all about balance and practicality. Family and complementing the symmetry of traditional colonials were common themes throughout the project. I wanted to balance the seriousness and symmetry of the colonial with relaxed Northwest vibes. I did this by layering in neutral textures, incorporating the client’s modern art collection and remembering that kids live in this home too, so nothing is too precious. It’s all about creating contrasts.
There was no official master prior to the renovations. The existing four bedrooms and one separate bathroom became two bedrooms perfectly suited for the client’s two daughters and a guest room, while the third became the true master complete with walk-in closet and master bath. There are future plans for a second story addition that would transform the current master into a guest suite and build out a master bedroom and bath complete with walk in shower and free-standing tub.
Overall, a light, neutral palette was incorporated to draw attention to the existing colonial details of the home, like the coved ceilings and leaded glass windows, that the homeowners fell in love with when they purchased the home. While retro features are charming, they also need to function. The family wanted to stay true to the Colonial style but with updates for today’s modern family. Modern furnishings and art were used throughout to balance the traditional details.