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Interior and Exterior Whole-House Reinvention

North Beach Refresh

Without adding any new square footage, this house and yard feel like a whole new home.

Many homes have the right amount of space but need a little work to help the space function at its best. Such was the case with this North Beach home, where the homeowners wanted to add beauty and efficiency without adding more square footage. Like many Seattle homeowners, they felt challenged to find solutions that worked within the confines of their existing space. This thoughtful design shows how your existing square footage reworked can actually be exactly what you needed.

This whole-house remodel highlights a contemporary style and floor plan ideal for both entertaining and daily living. With storage solutions taking advantage of already-available space, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere highlighted by a layered neutral palette, additional living space isn’t missed.

To make the most of what was already there, the kitchen, once cloistered, now opens through double sliding doors to an updated outdoor entertainment space. The seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces offers an opportunity for all-season gatherings, and the kitchen’s 360-degree circulation provides plenty of flexibility for groups large and small. Just inside the sliding doors, a built-in wet bar affords an easy drop-zone for guests moving between the interior and exterior spaces of the home.

Designed for entertaining, the kitchen features a large central island with plenty of space for both prep and gathering. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
A Social Kitchen

Designed for entertaining, the kitchen features a large central island with plenty of space for both prep and gathering. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A Social Kitchen

Designed for entertaining, the kitchen features a large central island with plenty of space for both prep and gathering. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

At the center of the kitchen stands an expansive island with a daring, black marbled countertop, complete with a waterfall edge. The island’s monolithic presence doesn’t just anchor the space, but provides a practical place for food prep and casual dining.

Repeated at the flanking counters, the dark surface balances the warm wood floors and cabinets, and plays off the glossy white backsplash, offering a grounding element to the open and spacious kitchen.

Where the kitchen is lively, the living room is cozy and intimate. Recessed by two steps, a sense of enclosure within opens to a comfortable sitting room with ample glazing adding natural light without a loss of privacy.

Earthy textures and tones in the dark brick hearth and leather ottoman are balanced by relaxing, blue textile accents, like the rug, pillows, and throw. With both open shelving and cabinets, custom built-ins around the fireplace have space for display, as well as space to tuck items away.

Adding a deep, floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet at the end of the counter reduces the need for upper cabinets across the length of the wall, allowing the range and hood, with feature tile wall behind, to take center stage. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
Balancing Storage and Wall Space

Adding a deep, floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet at the end of the counter reduces the need for upper cabinets across the length of the wall, allowing the range and hood, with feature tile wall behind, to take center stage. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Balancing Storage and Wall Space

Adding a deep, floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet at the end of the counter reduces the need for upper cabinets across the length of the wall, allowing the range and hood, with feature tile wall behind, to take center stage. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Built-in casework in the living room not only provides more storage and display space, its strategic design creates balance in an asymmetrical space. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
Using Built-Ins to Tie a Room Together

Built-in casework in the living room not only provides more storage and display space, its strategic design creates balance in an asymmetrical space. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Using Built-Ins to Tie a Room Together

Built-in casework in the living room not only provides more storage and display space, its strategic design creates balance in an asymmetrical space. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Expansive windows provide abundant light and create the sense of being surrounded by trees on all sides. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
A View to the Green Beyond

Expansive windows provide abundant light and create the sense of being surrounded by trees on all sides. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A View to the Green Beyond

Expansive windows provide abundant light and create the sense of being surrounded by trees on all sides. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A textural black wallpaper creates a quiet backdrop for a colorful art piece. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
Making the Art Pop

A textural black wallpaper creates a quiet backdrop for a colorful art piece. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Making the Art Pop

A textural black wallpaper creates a quiet backdrop for a colorful art piece. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Clean details and a neutral palette imbue a sense of calm in a small bathroom. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
A Spa-Like Bath

Clean details and a neutral palette imbue a sense of calm. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

A Spa-Like Bath

Clean details and a neutral palette imbue a sense of calm. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Pendant lights open up surface space on small bedside tables, while mirrors behind them fool the eye into experiencing the space as larger than it is.  – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum
Making a Small Room Live Larger

Pendant lights open up surface space on small bedside tables, while mirrors behind them fool the eye into experiencing the space as larger than it is. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Making a Small Room Live Larger

Pendant lights open up surface space on small bedside tables, while mirrors behind them fool the eye into experiencing the space as larger than it is. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Design features like the cut-out wall in the living room offering a peek to the entry below, connect once-isolated spaces, leading to a more cohesive sense of place. Throughout the home, a common palette of warm browns and cool greys, blacks, and whites allow discrete spaces to feel unified and connected.

The interior’s neutral palette makes way for an abundance of textures and patterns adding drama, each complementing and accentuating the next. This idea is never so present as in the primary bedroom, where layers of textiles, wall treatments, and lighting create a cozy, yet unified, feel.

In lieu of a dramatic art piece above the bed, the homeowners opted for a subtle wallpaper in a geometric diamond pattern. The delicate sunburst-like print adds visual interest without overpowering the textured grey wallpaper on the adjacent walls.

Gray glass light fixtures above modern side tables mimic the wallpaper’s diamond pattern geometry. On the bed, a spectrum of grey hues is a complementary calming oasis.

The remodeled front yard of a home in Seattle’s North Beach neighborhood gives it refreshed curb appeal. – Board & Vellum, Custom Residential Design Services
Reinvented Curb Appeal

With a smart new paint job with stained wood accents, and a new entry sequence through the redesigned front landscape, the home glows with warmth. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Reinvented Curb Appeal

With a smart new paint job with stained wood accents, and a new entry sequence through the redesigned front landscape, the home glows with warmth. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Not to be outdone, the exterior of the home boasts updates bringing it into harmony with the revised interior. The original entry lacked presence, but an updated entry sequence and contemporary landscape design gives the home more presence on its lot.

In the backyard, a soothing green retreat is perfect for both relaxation and entertainment. The playful but utilitarian gabion wall serves double duty as a retaining wall for a planter along the perimeter wall, and support for a bench for the fire pit. Bamboo (dramatically highlighted with strategic up-lighting) along with lush, layered plantings, gives a spa-like feel to a space both discrete and intrinsically linked to the rest of the home’s updates.

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. – North Beach Refresh – Board & Vellum landscape architecture.
Sheltered Backyard Fire Pit

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Sheltered Backyard Fire Pit

Tall fencing, layered plantings, and gabion blocks form the edge of an outdoor room anchored with a fire pit to take the chill off cool nights. North Beach Refresh | Photo by Andrew Giammarco.

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Proform Construction.
Photography by Andrew Giammarco Photography.

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