Growing families can quickly outgrow the homes purchased when the couple was just a twosome. In Seattle, Shed Architects designed a master suite addition for a family of five that was looking for a little extra space.
In 2006, Seattle couple Damon and Claudia Smith decided it was time to expand their home to match their family, which had grown to include three children and two dogs since they first bought the house in the mid-1990s. Their solution: Adding on what they've dubbed the "South-ender."
The two-story, three-bedroom house, built in the 1920s, suited the Smiths fine when they purchased and restored it 15 years ago, but with quickly growing children, including two daughters sharing a room, it was time to add a master suite to the south end of the home.
The Smiths hired Seattle–based firm Shed Architects and asked them to "keep it simple and design for a modest budget and tight schedule," the architects say. Shed's solution: "a box that contains a new master suite and defines a covered outdoor space below."
The architects designed the addition to allow for studs and joists to be placed every 24 inches, rather than standard 16-inch spacings, which reduced the amount of lumber used by 30 percent while still providing ample structural support.
The architects also used blown-in-blanket insulation (or "BIBS insulation") to improve thermal retention by filling the wall cavity more completely than batt insulation would.
A view of the yard from the front door, before the addition.
A view of the addition from the front door.
A view of the yard before the renovation.
A view of the the covered dining area after the renovation. The master suite is above.
The master suite is connected to the original house by a long hallway, pictured here, which hides a closet behind the colorful curtains.
Linear elements like the dressing bench and sink counter connect the areas of the new master bathroom.
The view toward the shower space; the vanity runs the nearly the entire length of the wall.
The view from the shower is oriented toward the corner focal point, where the dressing bench and sink counter meet and the window opens up to the outside.
A long bookcase connects the master bathroom to the bedroom.