Bedroom Addition in Seattle

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By Miyoko Ohtake / Published by Dwell
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 the mid-1990s, Damon and Claudia Smith purchased a two-level, three-bedroom house, built in the 1920s, and restored it to liveable condition to make it their home. Over the next decade, they expanded the family to include three children and two dogs and in 2006, decided it was time for thir house to grow, too.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 1 of 16 - 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."

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."

With the help of Seattle–based firm Shed Architects, the Smiths added a master suite--and got a covered outdoor dining space along with it.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 2 of 16 - 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 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.

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Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 3 of 16 - 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 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."

 

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 4 of 16 - 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 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.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 5 of 16 -

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.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 6 of 16 - A view of the yard from the front door, before the addition.

A view of the yard from the front door, before the addition.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 7 of 16 - A view of the addition from the front door.

A view of the addition from the front door.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 8 of 16 - A view of the yard before the renovation.

A view of the yard before the renovation.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 9 of 16 - A view of the the covered dining area after the renovation. The master suite is above.

A view of the the covered dining area after the renovation. The master suite is above.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 10 of 16 - The master suite is connected to the original house by a long hallway, pictured here, which hides a closet behind the colorful curtains.

The master suite is connected to the original house by a long hallway, pictured here, which hides a closet behind the colorful curtains.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 11 of 16 - Linear elements like the dressing bench and sink counter connect the areas of the new master bathroom.

Linear elements like the dressing bench and sink counter connect the areas of the new master bathroom.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 12 of 16 - The view toward the shower space; the vanity runs the nearly the entire length of the wall.

The view toward the shower space; the vanity runs the nearly the entire length of the wall.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 13 of 16 - 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.

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.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 14 of 16 - A long bookcase connects the master bathroom to the bedroom.

A long bookcase connects the master bathroom to the bedroom.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 15 of 16 - The bookcase delineates the two areas.

The bookcase delineates the two areas.

Bedroom Addition in Seattle - Photo 16 of 16 - The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.