Before & After: Think Your Renovation Took Awhile? Try 14 Years

Best Practice Architecture tops off the lengthy transformation of a butter-yellow Seattle craftsman with an addition that resembles a loaf of bread.

Anyone who has ever undertaken a home renovation can attest to the moment when it feels like the project will never end. For Seattle couple Julie and Chris Lubke, embracing this feeling—rather than running from it—is what allowed them to craft the home of their dreams over the course of 14 years. "Julie and I had been living in a new construction townhome and we were bored," says Chris. "We had both grown up in houses with ongoing improvements, and, apparently, we needed that too."

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Lauren Gallow
Dwell Contributor
Lauren Gallow is a Seattle-based design writer and editor. Formerly an in-house writer for Olson Kundig, she holds an MA in Art & Architectural History from UCSB.