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Interior Remodel of a Downtown Seattle Condo

Condo at the Market

Refreshing a condominium unit with a modern aesthetic and an eye for detail.

Located above Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, with a stunning view overlooking Elliot Bay, this condo had a great location and a great view, but the interior was wall-to-wall beige, from carpets to cabinets and everything in between. The new owners sought a more modern aesthetic, with clean lines, crisp edges, and a material palette that would give the space the feel of a contemporary flat exuding calmness in the middle of a busy city.

Already positioned to take advantage of the view, it took only a few small adjustments to the floor plan to adapt it to the clients’ lifestyle: removing a powder room to expand the kitchen, then making up for it on the second floor where one bathroom was able to reconfigure into two.

Walnut cabinets create an aesthetic link throughout the spaces of the condo, from the main floor — composed of the more public spaces of kitchen, dining room, and living room — to the private space of the master suite. Even in the bathrooms, walnut-framed mirrors complete the aesthetic link.

Dining room at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

View from the living room to the dining room in the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Modern Couch and Coffee Table – Condo at the Market – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Built in storage in the dining room at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

The walnut casework details also play a role in shaping space: what once was a soffit that gave away its purely functional purpose of hiding mechanical ductwork, is now clad with walnut casework carefully detailed to integrate seamlessly into the kitchen cabinetry.

Now, the soffit has a designed feel: a framed gateway to transition between the kitchen and dining room beyond, a moment of intentional vertical compression before opening to back up to the dining room.

Another aesthetic link between the floors — in an even more literal sense — is the custom railing. The open railing effectively integrates the stairwell into the larger spaces it serves, so each feel larger. The clean detailing of the railing consists of a simple steel section vertical bar with a single fold at the base for mounting, paired with flat horizontal bars to match. Finally, the former wall-to-wall beige carpeting is replaced with a modern-yet-classic herringbone wood floor, with its dynamic directionality drawing you towards the bright view over the water.

Walnut cabinet details at built-ins in the dining room at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Passageway from kitchen to dining room at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Chevron wood flooring at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

View from the kitchen sink towards the stairwell at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Walnut cabinet at and casework details at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

View across the kitchen peninsula to the stove at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

View of Elliot Bay from the Condo at the Market – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A fireplace and built-in storage in a modern condo unit.
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Railing and cabinet details meet at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Master Closet built-ins at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Master bathroom in the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Custom steel railing a the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Powder room at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Condo at the Market

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

B&V Project Team
Matthew Hagen, AIA – Project Lead
Hayley Buckbee – Design Team
Sarah Dede – Design Team
Katie Mallory, Allied ASID – Design Team

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Mu-2 Construction.
Photography by Tina Witherspoon.

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