Book House: Perfect Retirement Retreat by DeForest Architects

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Book House by DeForest Architects

Situated on Lake Washington, Seattle, the Book House was completely redesigned by DeForest Architects.

A beautiful Washington Park Tudor home had seen better days, but the new owners believed a complete interior renovation (plus a well designed addition) could save a bit of cherished architectural history and provide them with a perfect retirement home.

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Designed for two book (and dog!) lovers, it incorporates bookshelves and cozy seating areas throughout the house. Modern details complement traditional elements while steel windows, doors and exposed structure open the interior to light and views.

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The design and construction challenge included completely gutting the interior and replacing all with a contemporary, open-plan layout. The visual transformation was made possible with a thoughtful mix of interior materials: blackened steel, rift oak, limestone, and super-smooth white painted drywall. The traditional exterior of brick, bluestone and stucco was comprehensively rehabilitated.

Architects: DeForest Architects
Project: Book House
Project Team: Ted Cameron, Eric Nebel
Interior Design: NB Design Group
Construction: Prestige Residential Construction
Location: Lake Washington, Seattle, US
Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

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