Before & After: A Big Stair Moment Steps Up a ’90s Residence for a Multigenerational Family

A new opening at the center of the refinished Mercer Island home keeps everyone connected, from the basement to the loft.

There’s often a moment in the design process when the vision for a project becomes clear. For Daisy and Kenta Nakamura, who hired Seattle design-build firm Plum Projects to renovate the interiors of their 1990s-era home, that moment came during a discussion with the architects about creating a connection between its three levels. But there was a lot to work through.

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