PNA Home and Remodel Fair this Sunday!

Join us at the PNA Home and Remodel Fair this Sunday, January 27th.

When: 10am to 4pm.
Where: Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
What: Architects, Builders, material suppliers and other related to home remodeling will be available to meet with homeowners to discuss their remodel and construction projects. Stop by H2D Architecture + Design’s booth to discuss your remodel and construction project! Bring a napkin sketch or your questions about the design and construction process.
Learn more at the website

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2012 Year in Review – H2D Architecture + Design

2012 Year in Review - H2D Architecture + Design

Thanks to all our clients, builders, friends, and family for your support this year. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2013!

Hiring an Architect 101

When taking on a remodel, addition, or new construction project, many owners are unsure where to begin.  Often times, the first step that the owner takes is to call a builder to get a quote for the work.  The builder may then ask if the owner has a design for them to bid and build from.  If the answer is ‘no’, this is where the architect comes into the picture.  An architect can provide a wide range of services to their clients including space planning and design, code research and compliance, energy efficient construction, material selection, permitting, bid negotiation, and construction observation among many others.

At first glance at the architect’s fees, it may feel like you are paying a lot for just a few plans and visit to the building department.  Instead, you are paying for years of training, expertise, and experience for an architect to help bring your vision into reality.  The time spent working with the architect may also help you to avoid expensive mistakes during construction by working out the kinks through design, layout, and detail on paper prior to starting construction.  Over the course of the design process, the architect and owner will pore over the design in painstaking detail until the drawings contain enough information for the builder to take the plans and build the project.  During the design process, the architect will help with suggesting materials and construction methods that may suit your budget or help with ideas for creating an energy efficient home which can save thousands over the years.  The design costs of roughly 5-18% of construction costs are a relatively small percentage compared to the added value that good design can achieve.  A beautiful, creatively designed space alone will maintain premium value for the long term.

Capital Hill Addition and Remodel

Currently under construction:

We are working on a project in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle.  The project involves digging out for a Smart Car garage under the front of the house and rebuilding the masonry front porch in the historic style of the home.  Secondly, we have designed a new kitchen addition to the rear of the house with a full basement below.  The construction process is tricky, working carefully around the two story load bearing masonry structure.
Keep watch for progress photos during the construction process!

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Lake Forest Park Remodel

This chic, artsy remodel in Lake Forest Park was a fun project for H2D Architecture + Design.  The family had their eye on this foreclosed home for almost two years before they were finally able to close the deal.  The home had been vacant for quite a while, so lots of tender loving care was necessary to make the home comfortable.  The main focus of the project was to open up the main floor to create a great room and central kitchen.

Cabinets:  Ikea

Countertops: Cambria Quartz

Floors:  Marmoleum, Tile and Hardwood

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Innis Arden View House

H2D Architecture + Design has been working closely with an Innis Arden family on a major whole house remodel and addition project.  They recently purchased the home after it being a rental for many years.  The home has great potential – fabulous large site, sweeping views of the Puget Sound, and good original construction to build from.  The design goals are to add a master suite with a deck overlooking the Puget Sound, new kitchen, powder room, additional bathroom, and reconfigure the existing spaces on the lower floor.  This active family spends much of their time outdoors, so creating a connection to the outdoors is critical in this project.

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Bridle Trails Farmhouse

The Bridle Trails farmhouse sits in a quiet, wooded neighborhood of Bellevue.  The urban site feels very rural with horses running in the field next door.  H2D Architecture + Design has been working with this family to design a studs-out remodel for the kitchen and several spaces on the main floor, in addition to several bathrooms on the upper floor.  The homeowners style is urban chic and they are envisioning new clean, unique spaces in their home.

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