Tag Archives: Living in your home during remodeling

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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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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Woodridge Whole House Remodel

H2D Architecture + Design’s most recently completed project is a whole house remodel in the Woodridge neighborhood of Bellevue.  The project began with the client’s vision to bring more light into the main floor and open

 up the spaces to the backyard.  The design evolved into a wonderful open plan connecting the kitchen, dining, living, and recreation area.  All the spaces opened up to the backyard.  The kitchen was remodeled with new cabinetry, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.  White oak flooring was installed throughout the main floor.  The master suite was remodeled to include a bedroom with balcony overlooking the back yard, walk-in closet, and master bathroom.  The master bathroom includes a steam shower, new cabinetry, and Novustone countertops.

Contractor: Robert Burns, Envision Homes

Cabinetry:  Superior Cabinets

Countertops:  Novustone and others

Photos by: Sean Balko, Filmworks Studio

 

Northgate Kitchen Remodel

H2D Architecture + Design has recently completed a kitchen remodel in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle.  The couple purchased the home several years ago with the goal of remodeling the awkward existing kitchen (see the before photo below!).  The design goals were to open the space to create a more functional kitchen, bring in more natural light, and provide a space for the couple to enjoy cooking and entertaining.

Construction:  Gaspar’s Construction

Cabinetry:  Architectural Cabinets

Countertop:  Corian Countertop

Range:  Blue Star

Photos by: Chris Watkins Photography

Bellevue Addition and Remodel

Wood joinery at new front porch and rear gazebo.

H2D Architecture + Design recently completed this major remodel and addition to a Bellevue home.  The family came to H2D with a vision of remodeling the master suite, fixing an existing leaky balcony, and creating an outdoor living area with a hot tub gazebo and large deck.  As construction began, the project grew to great proportions when the contractor discovered that a previous addition to the rear of the home was not connected to the existing house.  The result of this discovery was that the whole rear of the house needed to be removed due to the unsound existing construction.  Through some immediate, creative planning, the dilemma turned out to have some positive benefits.  The new rear addition allowed for a larger master suite, guest bedroom, office space, and guest bathroom, while maintaining the expansive outdoor living area and gazebo.

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Photos by: Chris Watkins Photography

Remodeling: Live in or Move out

Where to live during a remodel is a major concern for most families who are planning to remodel their home.  Contractors and architects are familiar with this question.  Each project and family dynamics is unique, so it sometimes takes quite a bit of thought on everyone’s part to see if living in the house during a remodel is feasible.
Several things should be taken into consideration if you are thinking about living in your house during a remodel:
– Will you have easy access into and out of the house?
-If you are remodeling your kitchen, will you be able to ‘survive’ without a kitchen or with a make-shift kitchen for the duration of your project?
-Do you have a baby, small children, or a chemical sensitivity?  Most older homes have some level of lead in the paint, possible asbestos that needs to be abated, or other toxins.  You may not want to be in the house during the demolition phase if this is the case.

If moving out of your home is not an option (due to budget or other restrictions), you may want to consider phasing your project to allow you to live in the home during the remodel.  This may add some cost to the overall construction budget.  Contact your architect to discuss options for planning your remodel.