Lake Forest Park Mid Century Renovation

The Lake Forest Park Renovation consisted of a complete re-working of a 50’s NW Contemporary house on a large, wooded site north of Seattle. The floor plan was altered to create an enlarged kitchen, master bedroom, master bath, and study. While the existing exposed wood ceiling was kept, large glass light monitors were added to bring a soft wash of natural light to the interior. Materials such as steel, cherry, natural grass, terrazzo, and Douglas Fir were used in juxtaposition, allowing each material to benefit from adjacent contrasts in texture and color. Existing terrazzo floors were re-finished, and some new terrazzo flooring was added in complementary colors. Casework consisted primarily of cherry panels with a custom-textured CNC panel. A 30-ft. accent wall adjacent to the dining and kitchen was clad entirely with weathered steel panels. Suspended casework on the steel wall utilized resin panels with natural grasses, backlit by LED lighting inside the cabinets.

In keeping with other FINNE projects, this renovation pursued the idea of “crafted modernism,” the enrichment of a modernist aesthetic with highly personal, crafted materials and objects. Custom fabrications included the cast-glass kitchen counter, steel wall panels, suspended steel mirror frames, laser-cut steel shade valences, custom steel lighting bars, hand-blown glass light fixtures (TROMS pendants), and a number of custom furniture pieces.

Sustainable design practices were integral to the project from the start. Radiant heating under terrazzo flooring create an even heat source with maximum energy efficiency. High clerestory windows bring natural light deep into the house and motorized operators allow for venting during summer months.

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Modern home with Exterior, House, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Shingles Roof Material. Exterior view of main entry Photo  of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Exterior view of main entry

Modern home with Living Room, Terrazzo Floor, Two-Sided Fireplace, Sofa, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, and Chair. Interior view of living area and new entry glass wall Photo 2 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Interior view of living area and new entry glass wall

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, Chair, Two-Sided Fireplace, Sofa, and Terrazzo Floor. Detail of custom front door in Douglas Fir Photo 3 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Detail of custom front door in Douglas Fir

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Terrazzo Floor. View of living area with new clerestory windows, wood paneling and casework. Photo 4 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

View of living area with new clerestory windows, wood paneling and casework.

Modern home with Living Room, Terrazzo Floor, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Coffee Tables. Cabinet detail with custom CNC-milled textured cherry panels Photo 5 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Cabinet detail with custom CNC-milled textured cherry panels

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Terrazzo Floor, Two-Sided Fireplace, and Ceiling Lighting. View of dining and kitchen areas with weathered steel wall, cherry cabinets and custom light fixtures. Photo 6 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

View of dining and kitchen areas with weathered steel wall, cherry cabinets and custom light fixtures.

Modern home with Kitchen, Mosaic Tile Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, Dishwasher, Ceiling Lighting, Terrazzo Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Kitchen with custom CNC-milled textured cherry cabinets, quartz counters and cast-glass breakfast counter. Photo 7 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Kitchen with custom CNC-milled textured cherry cabinets, quartz counters and cast-glass breakfast counter.

Modern home with Kitchen, Terrazzo Floor, Refrigerator, Ceiling Lighting, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, Wood Cabinet, Wall Oven, Engineered Quartz Counter, Pendant Lighting, Dishwasher, and Mosaic Tile Backsplashe. Detail of custom cast-glass counter with steel supports Photo 8 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Detail of custom cast-glass counter with steel supports

Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and House. Exterior view of master bedroom and master bath Photo 9 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Exterior view of master bedroom and master bath

Modern home with Bedroom, Concrete Floor, Bed, and Ceiling Lighting. Interior view of master bedroom Photo 10 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Interior view of master bedroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Wall, Undermount Sink, Enclosed Shower, Engineered Quartz Counter, Freestanding Tub, Ceiling Lighting, Limestone Floor, and Two Piece Toilet. Master bath with suspended steel mirror in front of glass wall Photo 11 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Master bath with suspended steel mirror in front of glass wall

Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Sink, Engineered Quartz Counter, Limestone Floor, Enclosed Shower, and Freestanding Tub. Custom blackened steel towel bar Photo 12 of Lake  Forest Park Mid Century RenovationView Photos

Custom blackened steel towel bar

Interior Design
Builder
  • Schultz Miller
Photographer
  • Benjamin Benschneider

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