A Mid-Century Renovation in Washington

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May 9, 2013
This classic mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, had great "bones" that had been compromised by subsequent remodels. The bathrooms were dated, the hallway was gloomy, and the kitchen was practically non-functional. DeForest Architects opened up walls, updated finishes, and created a kitchen centered around what the residents call "the mother of all islands." Click through our slideshow, with photos by Ben Benschneider, to see a fresh, updated 2,400 square foot home that honors its mid-century roots.
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  New doors and windows and a simplified palette lend the master bedroom—which retains the lines of the original mid-century modern house—a calm, unfussy elegance.
    New doors and windows and a simplified palette lend the master bedroom—which retains the lines of the original mid-century modern house—a calm, unfussy elegance.
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  A bank of cabinets was replaced with a wall of glass, flooding the main hall with natural light and opening it to the courtyard. The vintage number 2 was salvaged from a theater marquee.
    A bank of cabinets was replaced with a wall of glass, flooding the main hall with natural light and opening it to the courtyard. The vintage number 2 was salvaged from a theater marquee.
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  Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents.
    Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents.
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  In the kids' bathroom, a colorful custom vanity complements the clean, white palette. Mirrors extend up into a skylight to draw light in over the vanity.
    In the kids' bathroom, a colorful custom vanity complements the clean, white palette. Mirrors extend up into a skylight to draw light in over the vanity.
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  The master bath provides a serene getaway with lots of natural light, a generous soaking tub and custom cabinets from Kerf Cabinets. A large shower and toilet compartment are enclosed in floor-to-ceiling frameless glass.
    The master bath provides a serene getaway with lots of natural light, a generous soaking tub and custom cabinets from Kerf Cabinets. A large shower and toilet compartment are enclosed in floor-to-ceiling frameless glass.

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