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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 primary suite. Even in the bathrooms, walnut-framed mirrors complete the aesthetic link.

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

Though each room is defined, the open plan keeps the series of rooms feeling open and spacious. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Layered Spaces

Though each room is defined, the open plan keeps the series of rooms feeling open and spacious. 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
Lead the Way

Herringbone flooring guides the eye through the space, from the kitchen all the way to large windows in the living room overlooking Elliot Bay. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Lead the Way

Herringbone flooring guides the eye through the space, from the kitchen all the way to large windows in the living room overlooking Elliot Bay. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

Classic modern furniture lends a clean look to the living area. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Modern Minimalism

Classic modern furniture lends a clean look to the living area. 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
Saving Space

Built-in walnut cabinets in the dining room increase storage efficiently, without occupying unnecessary space, or wasting an inch. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Saving Space

Built-in walnut cabinets in the dining room increase storage efficiently, without occupying unnecessary space, or wasting an inch. 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
Walnut Wins the Day

Carefully detailed walnut casework achieves a chic, urban vibe that also feels warm and inviting. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Walnut Wins the Day

Carefully detailed walnut casework achieves a chic, urban vibe that also feels warm and inviting. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

The removal of a powder room made way for the installation of a larger kitchen complete with sleek appliances and a modern design. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Out with the Old

The removal of a powder room made way for the installation of a larger kitchen complete with sleek appliances and a modern design. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

What was once beige carpeting is now light, herringbone flooring, freshening up the space with the vibe of a chic Parisian flat. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Fresher Flooring

What was once beige carpeting is now light, herringbone flooring, freshening up the space with the vibe of a chic Parisian flat. 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
Sticking to the Plan

A custom railing maintains the openness of the floor plan as it transitions from one level to the next. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Sticking to the Plan

A custom railing maintains the openness of the floor plan as it transitions from one level to the next. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Walnut cabinet at and casework details at the Condo at the Market – Modern Condo – Board & Vellum
Turning Blemishes into Bonuses

An existing soffit is now clad with walnut paneling integrated with the casework, creating depth and dimension throughout the long, open first floor by acting as a threshold between spaces. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Turning Blemishes into Bonuses

An existing soffit is now clad with walnut paneling integrated with the casework, creating depth and dimension throughout the long, open first floor by acting as a threshold between spaces. 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
Space A’Plenty

A large peninsula offers plenty of space for meal prep with ample storage below. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Space A’Plenty

A large peninsula offers plenty of space for meal prep with ample storage below. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

Clean, modern design lets this impressive Elliot Bay view take center stage. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A Grand View

Clean, modern design lets this impressive Elliot Bay view take center stage. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A fireplace and built-in storage in a modern condo unit.
Music By Firelight

Speakers integrated into built-in cabinets flanking the fireplace is the perfect pairing to bring warmth and ambiance to a living space. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Music By Firelight

Speakers integrated into built-in cabinets flanking the fireplace is the perfect pairing to bring warmth and ambiance to a living space. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

The flat, steel bars of the custom railing continue the pattern of clean, crisp lines repeated throughout the home with each detail meeting crisply. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Line It Up

The flat, steel bars of the custom railing continue the pattern of clean, crisp lines repeated throughout the home with each detail meeting crisply. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

Upstairs, walnut wardrobes provide plenty of storage space while also maintaining aesthetic consistency throughout the home. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Take Off the Day

Upstairs, walnut wardrobes provide plenty of storage space while also maintaining aesthetic consistency throughout the home. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

With marble, brushed brass accents, and a few wooden pieces as a nod to the overall aesthetic, the primary bath exudes an essence of pure luxury. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Living Lavish

With marble, brushed brass accents, and a few wooden pieces as a nod to the overall aesthetic, the primary bath exudes an essence of pure luxury. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

Exposing the staircase by opening the railing allows more natural light to leak from upstairs to down. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Letting Light Through

Exposing the staircase by opening the railing allows more natural light to leak from upstairs to down. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

To make up for the removal of the powder room on the lower floor, an additional bathroom was made possible on the upper floor by splitting a larger one into two. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Giving & Taking

To make up for the removal of the powder room on the lower floor, an additional bathroom was made possible on the upper floor by splitting a larger one into two. Condo at the Market | Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

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

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