Before & After: A Timeworn Midcentury Home Gets a Reverent Renovation

SHED Architecture + Design preserves the character of a 1959 dwelling in Washington while streamlining the plan, enlarging the kitchen, and building out a kids’ “lair.”

This post-and-beam home in Shoreline, Washington, has lived many past lives. It was was originally built in 1959, later divided up to serve as a retirement facility, and eventually purchased by a couple with three children. The family tasked SHED Architecture + Design with converting the structure back into a single-family home (with a larger kitchen and plenty of storage)—without compromising its midcentury character. "There were some existing, beautiful textures that the owners were really drawn to," says project architect Rebecca Marsh.

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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


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