Mid-Century Home Renovated and Remodeled in Seattle by mw|works

Mid-Century Home Renovated and Remodeled in Seattle by mw|works

Architects: mw|works
Project: Mid-Century Home Renovation
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Area: 4,800 sq ft
Year 2017
Photography: Jeremy Bittermann
Text by mw|works

Designed by Ibsen Nelsen in 1961, the layout of this mid-century home was very well considered but the character and flow between spaces wasn’t a good fit for the daily patterns of the new owners. High on the owner’s wish list were increased physical and visual connections between rooms and to the outdoors.

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A central feature of the original design was a courtyard garden, experienced primarily through the living room. Careful reconsideration of the openings surrounding this space reframed it as a tranquil organizing element of the house, central not just to the living room but also to the entry, the daily circulation paths and the more informal spaces of the home. Single pane windows were replaced and extended floor to ceiling.

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Upgraded insulation and high efficiency radiant floor heat allowed the removal of ductwork and low ceilings, dramatically reducing the home’s energy consumption. The new project is updated and more livable but still respectful of the best elements of the original design.

living room by mw|works 3

interior design by mw|works 4

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kitchen by mw|works 5

dining place by mw|works 7

bathroom by mw|works 8

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outdoor by mw|works 11

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staircase by mw|works 13

staircase by mw|works 14

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bedroom by mw|works 16

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