Views Abound in this Leschi Remodel

A 1960s Leschi home's major re-do includes a brand-new view

!--paging_filter--pIt all began simply enough. Marshanbsp;Olch longed for a kitchen with a view./p
pThe house, which she and her husband, Lee,nbsp;had purchased in 1997, was appealingly setnbsp;into a hill overlooking Leschi Park below and Lakenbsp;Washington beyond. The only problem was that the low-lying house, built in 1960, had an oddlynbsp;severe, low-pitched roof that essentially blocked outnbsp;these views, and much of the natural light.nbsp;“The effect was kind of like walking around with a baseball cap with the brim pulled downnbsp;to about your mouth, and that was the view,”nbsp;describes Lee. “When I stood in my kitchen,” saysnbsp;Marsha, “I’d look out and the roof just kept going down. And I knew there was a view out there.”nbsp;A remodeling effort by the previous owners hadnbsp;done little to improve the home’s outlook. In fact,nbsp;by pushing out the back of the house, they hadnbsp;brought the roofl ine (or baseball cap) even lower./p
pEnter Jed Miller of Seattle’s Casa Architecturenbsp;and Interior Design. As anyone contemplatingnbsp;a home improvement project fervently wishes,nbsp;a friend had recommended him. “[The friend]nbsp;lived in the fancy neighborhood down the hill,nbsp;Washington Park, where everything is beautiful,”nbsp;recalls Marsha, “and she said, ‘The nice thingnbsp;about Jed is that you explain to him what younbsp;want and he comes back to you with ideas thatnbsp;look like what you had in mind.’’’ And as the trionbsp;started talking about a new roof design, it soonnbsp;became clear that what the Olchs really wantednbsp;was a complete rebuild. Miller’s next step was tonbsp;ask the couple to pen a pro-and-con list aboutnbsp;the existing house. “Typically, how I start eachnbsp;project, and it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, isnbsp;we develop what I call a profile,” explains Miller.nbsp;“I have the client make a primary list—just tryingnbsp;to get the thought process going—then we gonbsp;through it and organize and prioritize items…Inbsp;tend to call them ‘hot buttons.’ Everyone has hotnbsp;buttons, and sometimes her hot button doesn’tnbsp;match his hot button.”/p
pFortunately, the Olchs’ “buttons” matched exactly. As well as maximizing viewsnbsp;and improving daylighting and natural airflow/ventilation in the house, they wantednbsp;a new flexible guest room/office space, a master bathroom with direct access to anbrEndless Pool, and dearly desired to do away with living room’s dated, depressingnbsp;floor-to-ceiling gray rock fireplace facade./p
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pemMiller’s dramatic brow lift raised thenbsp;roofline and made room for a series of tall window walls, each topped with motorizednbsp;tilt-open awning windows, which are arrayed across the home’s south side, finallynbsp;revealing those once occluded pretty lake and park views. He also strategicallynbsp;inserted more windows and skylights throughout the house (ending with a count ofnbsp;31 openable windows). Along with a major boost in daylight, this window schemenbsp;vastly improved the home’s circulation year-round. “I pay a lot of attention to hownbsp;the house is ventilated and how the air is circulated,” says the architect. “So manynbsp;houses are not properly ventilated,” and, aside from energy-use and comfort issues,nbsp;says Miller, “a properly ventilated house will always smell clean.” He adds, “It’s one ofnbsp;the benefits of opting for a whole-house remodel route. You have a great opportunitynbsp;to examine the mechanical system and how the house actually works.”br/em/p
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pemThe kitchen's bold, bright new view. The original came with low ceilings, compounded by exposed beams, and limited viewsnbsp;/em/p
pTo make way for the guest room/office on the top floor, and for Marsha’s grandnbsp;piano in the living room, Miller simply pushed out the front of the house by 4 feetnbsp;and removed an unused deck. The new flex space has pocket doors that allow for anbsp;swift, tasteful division. “We are really into functionality,” says Lee, “and it just drivesnbsp;me nuts to have space that you can’t use. Jed was really helpful in figuring out how tonbsp;make this a real multi-functional room. It can be set up as two bedrooms that share anbsp;bath, as a second master suite or, as it’s set up now, as a guest room and study.”/p
pOutside, the goal was to reclaim areas of dead space around the house, includingnbsp;extending the deck across the entirety of its back side, and adding thatnbsp;long-desired Endless Pool, which was slotted just steps from the couple’s remadenbsp;master bathroom. “Jed gets credit for almost everything…it was his idea to putnbsp;the pool right up bynbsp;the house so that you didn’tnbsp;have to walk out to it in thenbsp;rain,” says Lee. However, thenbsp;couple also credits much ofnbsp;their outdoor makeover tonbsp;deck builder Don Dawson.nbsp;Not only did he design thenbsp;new back deck (painstakinglynbsp;pre-drilling the wood to usenbsp;hidden fasteners), as wellnbsp;as the vertical and terracednbsp;gardens (complete with anbsp;44-foot boardwalk), benches and fences, but he imagined and built the strikingnbsp;surround of trellises and arbors that provide privacy for the pool. (His attentionnbsp;to detail extended to mirroring in his trellises the unique dovetailing that Millernbsp;had designed into the house’s overhangs.)/p
pA dramatic reworking also took place on the house’s street side, which finally gotnbsp;a proper entry. “It looked like a back entrance with a blank door,” says Miller of thenbsp;original entrance. “[The door] was painted the same color as the house, with nonbsp;windows, no lights really...You didn’t know that was the front door because it didn’tnbsp;say front door.” Adds Lee, “The first time Jed came over, he walked right by it becausenbsp;he thought it was a garage door.” Miller elegantly re-situated the entry door andnbsp;re-landscaped the front of the house, creating a formal yet welcoming entrance withnbsp;privacy cedar screens and a wending rock pathway./p
pNow, from front door to back deck, this house is a brighter and better home./p
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p class="wysiwyg-break"strongArchitect: /strongJed Miller,nbsp;Casa Architecture, 206.533.8733; a href="http://jmiller@"; a href="" strongGeneralnbsp;contractor:/strong Mark Schilperoort, Schilperoort nbsp;Brooks Inc., SBI Construction; 425.672.0789;nbsp;a href="" strongDeck, trellis, arbor,brfences design/build:/strong Don Dawson, The Sidingnbsp;Company, 4206 192nd St. SW, Lynnwood;nbsp;425.771.3455. strongStructural engineer:/strong Swenson Saynbsp;Fagét, 2124 Third Ave., Suite 100; 206.443.6212;bra href="" strongHardwood floors:/strong Garrynbsp;Craig, American Hardwood Floors, 20324 19thnbsp;Ave. NE, Suite D, Shoreline; 206.363.2832;a href="http://"nbsp; strongHardwoodbrstairs: /strongTroy Schmidt, Custom Wood Design,nbsp;18638 NE 189th St., Woodinville; 206.276.2970.nbsp;strongCabinetmaker/strong (kitchen, dining, great room,nbsp;bath): Handcraft Fine Cabinetry, 44133 SEnbsp;Tanner Road, North Bend; 425.888.0109;a href=""nbsp; strongRoofing:/strong Marknbsp;Gobble, Loberg Roofing, 5800 188th St.nbsp;SW, Suite A, Lynnwood; 425.775.2276;nbsp;a href="" strongPlumbing: /strongJeff Bain, Bainnbsp;Plumbing Heating, 17214 Valley Circle Drive,nbsp;Bothell; 206.459.9275. strongHVAC: /strongBob Sivik, Airnbsp;Care Systems, 24905 55th Ave. NE, Arlington;nbsp;425.328.0162. strongElectric:/strong Rick Mitchell, ElliottbrBay Electric, 14331 19th Ave. NE; 206.362.5777.nbsp;strongWindows/slider doors:/strong Douglas fir, motorizednbsp;upper-awning windows with rain sensors,nbsp;Loewen, a href="" strongSkylights:/strong Velux motorized opening skylights with motorized blinds and rainnbsp;sensors, Windows Doors and More, Georgetown,nbsp;5961 Corson Ave. S, Suite 100; 206.782.1011;nbsp;a href="" strongMotorized exteriornbsp;sun shades: /strongTom Jones, Awnings by Design,815 Kirkland Way, Kirkland; 425.766.2838;a href=""nbsp; strongLight fixtures:/strong James R. Moder “Broadway Bar” (dining chandelier),nbsp;Louis Poulsen “Enigma 425” (master bathnbsp;pendant), Ferguson Bath Kitchen and Lighting,nbsp;13020 NE 20th St., Bellevue; 425.869.9007;nbsp;a href="" Bruck “Rainbow Down” (kitchenbrpendants), Hubbardton Forge (exterior sconces),nbsp;Ginger “Kubic” (master bath), North Coastnbsp;Lighting, 2424 Eighth Ave. S; 206.436.4444;nbsp;a href="" strongCountertops: /strong“CostabrEsmeralda” (kitchen/dining slab granite),nbsp;“Seagrass” (living room fireplace surround/nbsp;baths slab limestone), Pental Granite Marble,nbsp;Georgetown, 713 S Fidalgo St.; 206.768.3200;bra href="" strongTile:/strong Porcelain ColorBodynbsp;“Harbour Mist” (kitchen), Caspian Shellstonenbsp;(bath limestone), AKDO Seagrass basketweavenbsp;(bath limestone), Daltile, SoDo, 6020 SixthbrAve. S; 206.763.3004; a href="" strongAppliances:nbsp;/strongMiele (oven, dishwasher), Dacor (cooktop),nbsp;Arnold’s Appliance, 1034 116th Ave NE,nbsp;Bellevue; 425.454.7929; a href=""arnoldsappliance.brcom/a.strong Plumbing fixtures: /strongGrohe, satin nickel;nbsp;Todo toilets, Kohler Ladena vanity sinks,nbsp;Keller Supply, Interbay, 3209 17th Ave. W;br206.270.4724; a href="" strongInterior door,nbsp;cabinet, bath hardware: /strongSugatsune stainlessnbsp;steel cabinet pulls, Motiv satin nickel bathnbsp;accessories, Robern mirrored medicine cabinets,brSeattle Interiors, Wallingford, 3822 Stonenbsp;Way N; 206.633.2900; a href="";strongCustom front door:/strong Douglas fir and Read glass,nbsp;Frank Lumber, 17727 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline;br206.362.0311; a href="";strongRugs/strong (great room, dining, master bedroom):nbsp;Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets, Downtown, 997nbsp;Western Ave.; 206.292.1115; a href="http://driscollrobbins. com"driscollrobbins.brcom/a. strongFireplaces: /strongValor gas insert (study, exercisenbsp;room), Ovation fireplace satin nickel doors (greatnbsp;room), Sutter Hearth and Home, Ballard, 920nbsp;NW Leary Way; 206.783.9115; a href="" railing:/strong Stainless steel balustrades,nbsp;railing system glass, “Barok” tempered artnbsp;glass, Herzog Glass, 4344-A S 104th Place;nbsp;206.322.8444; a href="" strongHandrailbrmillwork:/strong O.B. Williams Co., Georgetown,nbsp;1939 First Ave. S; 206.623.2494; a href="" strongFloors/stair treads:/strong Cumaru. Stone, pavernbsp;paths, patio: Glacier Green flagstone (front entrybrpath; designed/built by owners), pavers (backnbsp;yard path), Pavingstone Supply, 4401 11th Ave.nbsp;NW; 206.783.2811; a href="";strongPavers/strong (front yard path), architectural paversnbsp;(patio), Mutual Materials, 605 119th Ave. NE,brBellevue; 425.452.2300; a href="";strongDimensional lilac Pennsylvania stone/strong (livingnbsp;room garden stepping stones), Lakeview Stonenbsp; Garden, 916 N 143rd St.; 206.525.5270;bra href="" strongEndless pool:/strong EPI Direct,nbsp;Inc.; 866.558.7694; a href="";strongLandscape/container plants, deck furniture:/strongbrCity People’s Garden Store, Madison Park, 2939nbsp;E Madison St; 206.324.0737; a href="";/p

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