On two acres of waterfront farmland in rural Washington, a 1930s farmhouse piqued the interest of a couple who had lived in a rural part of the Kitsap Peninsula for years. Overlooking the Dyes Inlet, a brick home was somewhat of an anomaly in the region—and it was this rarity that made the couple realize the home was something special.
Attracted to the home’s charm and uniqueness, the couple decided to renovate the rare jewel instead of tearing it down. Engaging Seattle-based SHED Architecture & Design, they quickly realized that the 2,182-square-foot farmhouse was not large enough to comfortably accommodate their lifestyle or frequent visits from extended family. Together with SHED, it was decided that the historic brick structure would be revitalized as a guest house, while a new primary residence would be built for the couple.
SHED’s strategic approach was to preserve the roof’s pitch, along with the east and west facades—while completely reworking the south facade to take full advantage of Dyes Inlet water views. Integral to the refreshed look was the incorporation of new and replacement windows from Andersen Windows & Doors—a frequent go-to for the SHED team in their historic brick remodels.
A small existing dormer on the home’s second level was dramatically expanded to accommodate two en suite bedrooms, each with new windows to more effectively highlight views. Sliding glass doors were introduced directly beneath the new windows on the south facade, carefully aligning with the dormers above. This vertical alignment creates the effect of the glazing cutting through the roof. "We settled on aligning the bedroom windows and sliding doors vertically, and expressing them as a dormer that punches up through the extended roof eave," explains SHED principal Prentis Hale.
The renovated interior improves the previously choppy layout, opening the main floor plan to better accommodate how the clients wished to live. The new sliding glass doors in the living and dining room capture views and improve indoor/outdoor flow. This area has become a favorite part of the home for the clients, who enjoy sitting at the dining room table and looking out to the water.
Recognizing the value of the unique brick home, the SHED team built upon the farmhouse’s simple strength—modernizing it without stripping it of its charm. "The best approach was to preserve the structure," says Hale. "For SHED, we appreciate the compact size [of the home] and the simplicity of the design, which demonstrates that direct gestures can lead to wonderful results."
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