To design and build a home from scratch is much easier task when compared to altering an existing home or even a spec house that is halfway through the building process. But Coates Design in Seattle were faced with the latter challenge as they were brought in to alter the interior and exterior of a contemporary family home that was already in construction. Keeping in mind the limitations of the project, the architect decided to replace some of the interior features and exterior surfaces along with a tweaked floor plan to create a more spacious, inviting and cheerful living area on the lower level.

Cedar and Fir add warmth to the modern exterior of this Seattle family house

On the outside, you find light green panels being combined with cedar and fir and a neutral color scheme also takes over inside the house. A backdrop in white and beige along with pops of gray and warmth of wood shape the living space, kitchen and dining area. This approach continues on the upper level as well in the bedrooms and bathrooms as well and light filters down across these two levels thanks to the stairwell with a skylight. The living space opens up towards the pergola with dining area and the outdoor hangout and bi-folding glass doors create a seamless interface between both the zones.

Entryway to the Green Lake Residence in Seattle with a Colorful front door
Furniture in brown, beige and gray can create a neutral living room perfect for all seasons
Kitchen and dining area become a part of the living space in open plan setting
Light green panels give the exterior of the house a unique, modern look
Modern formal dining area in beige with lovely drapes and trio of pendant lights
Open plan living area of the modern Seattle home connected with the deck outside
Pergola covered outdoor dining area with colorful chairs in blue

With an overall design that is understated, modern and yet borrows from vernacular style of Seattle and its many mid-century modern homes, the Green Lake Residence feels fresh, imaginative and responds to the specific needs of its owners

Wood and white along with beige create a kitchen where accent colors really stand out
Wood and white bathroom with modern style and simple design
Beautifully illuminated stairway of the house brings light to its different levels
Bedroom with sloped ceiling, neutral color scheme and bedding in blue
Folding doors replace sliding doors for the home office
Wiry colorful chair in blue for the outdoor hangout around the fabulous fireplace

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