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Modern Design in a Capitol Hill Penthouse

Hilltop Flat

Opening up a Capitol Hill condo and reinventing the interiors with modern design.

Finding a 4-bedroom, 2-bath condominium on a single floor in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is rare, but not impossible. While this flat’s original floor plan and finishes presented a challenge, the bones and location were too good to pass up. Before the remodel, a walled-in kitchen was closed off from the floor-to-ceiling windows and mismatched neoclassical trim was at odds with the building's vintage. By eliminating walls, the new design unifies the kitchen, living, and dining areas into a grand space, optimized to enjoy the downtown view. An earthy blanket of patterned concrete tile defines the kitchen, wrapping from the floor up the backsplash. Opposite, the massive island serves as a domestic hub, providing a generous gathering area for cooking, projects, and entertaining. Crisp and calm, the white walls, cabinets, countertops, and clean trim details allow art, furniture, and the artifacts of daily life to fill the space with color.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Floor Tile Continues as Backsplash
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Light-Filled Great Room
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Large Kitchen Island
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – A Kitchen to Optimize the View
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

	Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Clerestory Windows for Additional Light
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Inset Kitchen
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Light-Filled Penthouse
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Floating Shelves
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Living Room
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Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

	Hilltop Flat: Modern Condo Remodel – Dining Room with Integrated Storage
Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Hilltop Flat

Hilltop Flat | Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Ainslie-Davis Construction.
Photos by John G Wilbanks Photography.

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