Before & After: In Seattle, a 1904 House Sheds Decades of Remodels—and Five Tons of Debris

Best Practice Architecture founding partner Ian Butcher helps a friend carve away layers of a historic home while embracing its eccentricities.

When Matthew and Holly moved into their last house, a "1990s, totally serviceable box that we never fell in love with," says Matthew, they immediately started searching for the next one. Both work in the arts, she as a playwright, communications professional, and administrator focused on equitable access to art and education, and he as the cofounder of a contemporary arts center and consultant. They wanted a project in the same central Seattle neighborhood where they lived with their child.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at