Retaining the history and architectural integrity was foremost in the minds of the owners of this 1904 Port Blakely mill worker's house on Bainbridge Island. They had hoped to remodel and add to the 900 square foot home to look and feel as though the addition had always been there, resting gracefully on the crest of their property under the shade of a protective conifer tree. Our plan was carefully calculated to create an additional 1400 square feet of space that related to the original scale of the diminutive home and reflected its hand built, turn-of-the-century style. What has evolved is a cozy, irresistible home brimming with character and warmth at every turn. The new addition takes the form that mirrors the original structure juxtaposed to the original house. The twin structural forms are connected by the living room. The addition contains a recreation room, master bedroom suite and home office. The tiny, existing kitchen and main entry became the new entrance. By moving the kitchen next to the dining room, we had the opportunity to create an open flow between the two spaces. The kitchen holds special claim on the charm of this restored home. It's small footprint functions well with furniture-like cabinetry, apron-front sink, cozy window seat and reproduction lighting. We maintained the hand-built tradition by using design elements of the period including a painted, stenciled floor and leaded glass panels over the cooking island, both custom crafted by local artisans. The original, 99-year old Douglas fir boards that wrapped the interior walls and ceiling of the house were completely refinished. Architectural restoration required skill, diligence and patience on the part of owners, architects and craftsmen. We were very fortunate to work with a client who had a special connection to the house and local history. The project was a great success in large part to their commitment.
Size 1,400 additional square feet
Contractor: Various contractors worked on this project
Miles Yanick & Company Architects Land Planning Interiors Landscape Design