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1960s Midcentury Home in Seattle Revitalized for a Modern Family

Paul Kirk is arguably one of the most renowned Pacific Northwest architects who not only defied the conventions of the time, but also defied the style that would soon become the accepted norm in the region. Sweeping windows, practicality and the clean aesthetics of midcentury style defined his homes. But when Gavin Kelly moved from Australia to Seattle in the late 90s and was searching for a house in the Queen Anne neighborhood, he was unaware that the old 1960s residence he was about to buy was designed by Paul Kirk himself! With a roof that combined with its north and south side walls to create a homogenous structure, this 1966 house was transformed into a modern hub a decade down the line.

1960s midcentury home in Seattle given a contemporary makeover 1960s Midcentury Home in Seattle Revitalized for a Modern Family

It was Lane Williams Architects who transformed this 1960s midcentury home into a contemporary family residence by expanding the living area, adding an additional bedroom and breaking up the visual of dark Western Red Cedar in the living area with a white-painted drywall. The remodeled interior showcases a wonderful alchemy of the past and present, as much of the original design by Paul Kirk is preserved and highlighted even as the latest additions make a bold visual impact. The large collection of windows that opens up the kitchen, living and dining areas towards the sparkling city skyline is still kept intact to give the interior an airy appeal.

Aged Western Red Cedar ceiling gives the interior a cozy appeal

Contemporary kitchen in white sits at the heart of the modcentury modern remodel

Dining room connected with the small deck outside

Contemporary kitchen in white sits at the heart of the modcentury modern remodel

Soaring vaulted ceilings create an appearance of continuity in design

White-painted drywall brings lightness to the cedar clad setting

By suing the gray shingle roofing material all the way down to the walls, Lane Williams creates a smart fusion of classic and contemporary styles that draws your attention instantly. A new media room that also doubles as guest space, a children’s bedroom and a white kitchen with quartz countertops add to the sparkle of this revitalized Seattle family home.

Loft-styled sitting area with fabulous view of the city

Chalkboard sliding door conceals the media unit

Putting the space next to the staircase to use

Gray exterior combines a modern hue with classic form

Shingle roofing material continues down the walls giving the Seattle home a classic look

Wall of windows opens up the living area to the lovely view outside

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