mt baker custom view home

Beginning as a modest mid-century rambler with an attached garage, the owner envisioned an expansive new two-story home with fully finished lower level incorporating a separate mother-in-law apartment. Given the central location atop the ridge in this cherished neighborhood, the home was designed to maximize natural light and the Lake Washington views while enjoying rare in-city privacy. The scope of this project was enormous: the existing house was razed, retaining walls were incorporated into the proposed design and the new structure sited harmoniously in the lot. The attention paid to detailing throughout this home is exhaustive; what appears as such effortless and understated elegance is the result of thousands of carefully executed choices. 

The challenge in presenting this home was to make prospective buyers aware of the features and benefits that went on behind the walls and surfaces. Given my own extensive experience in remodeling period homes, I know it is often far more challenging to create a successful home on an existing site than to build from scratch on a cleared lot. The reason to do it is simple: the location is not able to be duplicated. It was important that the superb craftsmanship and materials be recognized as well as the unique value of this home created in this specific location. 

“What does a newly single girl do with a brand new, 3500 square foot home? Sell! Two years prior to this decision, I had my beautiful Seattle view-home completely gutted and remodeled (with a new floor-addition!). I spared at nothing--from high end appliances and fixtures, to hot water outside spigot, to automatic animal door. The house had details that supported my asking price. t was important that prospective buyers were educated to these various features and benefits of my home. Joanmarie not only understood these features, she shared my appreciation of my home. That is how homes are sold.” -Tricia S.