Medina WA | Addition & Remodel
The owners of this house are huge fans of the Midcentury Modern movement, so it was important to them that the new design respect their home’s original character both in terms of design aesthetic and principles. Honesty is at the core of MCM design, as evidenced by key features such as open floor plans and open-beamed ceilings. In MCM design, structural components become architectural.
The original floor plan of this home offered open connections between the entry, kitchen, and main-floor living spaces, but still felt cramped and dark. The layout forced a circulation through and around the kitchen. This project was designed by Board & Vellum and build by Armada Design & Build, Inc. Board & Vellum’s design created a truly open “great room” concept with improved visibility and flow between all the major programmatic elements, better connection (physically and visually) between the interior and the outdoors, and added functionality to suit the way we live now.
The 200sf addition, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, allows light to flood in to the first floor from east and west. The usable living space is extended further with a new deck directly off the dining area.
Exterior materials were carefully chosen to match the originals, creating a truly seamless addition. Interior finishes and fixtures, such as the geometric tile, sputnik-inspired chandelier, and double-sided fireplace wall, along with structural elements like the exposed steel beam, reflect midcentury style, but are complemented by contemporary features that prevent the home from looking too much like a time capsule.
In addition to the architectural work, Board & Vellum also updated the home to bring it up to energy code with standard upgrades, including improved insulation in the roof and crawlspace, as well as custom solutions such as double-glazed windows built on-site to fit the original casings. Armada Design & Build, Inc was able to make client’s and Board Vellum vision into reality.
Our Favorite Addition: The Double-Sided fireplace really
Some of the materials we used:
1. Double-Sided Fireplace
2 Floor Ceiling Windows