Before & After: A Couple Crack Open a Cramped Brick House on a Washington Oyster Farm

SHED Architecture + Design refreshes a Kitsap Peninsula home by taking down walls, doubling down on dormers, and polishing up its interior with pearly-white shiplap.

For many years, Kirsten and Rick lived in a very rural part of the Kitsap Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle. "We were living out in the woods," says Kirsten. "The closest town was 25 minutes away, and gas was 25 minutes away. We loved it—it was beautiful and quiet, but a little too remote."

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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