Tag Archives: Heidi Helgeson

Innis Arden Master Suite Remodel

Phase 2 of the Innis Arden whole house remodel is complete. Phase 1 consisted of remodeling the lower floor complete with a new bathroom, guest room, offices, and theater room. The recent Phase 2 project consisted of remodeling the master suite. The design focused on opening up the views to the Puget Sound from the master bedroom, creating a more efficient walk-in closet, and developing a beautiful spa-like bathroom space. The bathroom is laid out with his and hers teak vanities, steam shower with built in bench, enclosed toilet room, and large soaking tub. High end plumbing fixtures were used for the bathroom including a ceiling mounted shower head for the shower and the laminar ceiling tub filler.

Enjoy the photos by Chad Coleman Photography!

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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.

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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