After a lifetime of random remodels, this 1959 Northwest contemporary ranch home in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood finally received an overhaul that makes it shine. Seattle–based SHED Architecture & Design undid the outdated layers, updating and modernizing the home while paying respect to its original midcentury charm.
The renovation juxtaposes light and dark elements—Douglas fir is set against dark bricks and oversized concrete floor tiling. This convention aligns with the home's original material palette while adding a contemporary vibe.
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The first goal for the design was to open up the compartmentalized midcentury floor plan and enhance the connections between the living spaces. SHED revamped the existing skylights to amplify natural light and replaced sliding doors with larger, more modern versions. They also enhanced the soaring tongue-and-groove ceiling in the living room with new paint and stain, and they redid the fireplace in black brick, giving it a dramatic presence against the white walls and expanses of glass.
The homeowners wanted the kitchen to play a more central role, with enhanced connections to the living room and the outdoors. SHED added oversized sliding glass doors which allow for indoor/outdoor living during the warmer months. New wood cabinetry establishes a clean, minimalist aesthetic, and an oversized, marble-topped island with a table extension provides room to cook, eat, and entertain.
The sleek, minimalist remodel celebrates the structure's clean midcentury lines and transforms it into a bright and beautiful family home.
Architect of Record: SHED Architecture & Design
Builder/General Contractor: Ainslie-Davis, Neil and Allison Ainslie
Structural Engineer: Todd Perbix SE
Landscape Design Company: SHED Architecture & Design
Cabinetry Design/Installation: Woodway Woodworks