A Seattle Craftsman Home: Phinney Ridge Remodel

Seattle Craftsman Home, nestled in Seattle’s charming Phinney Ridge neighborhood, showcases Best Practice Architecture‘s blend of craftsman and contemporary design. This thoughtful remodel combines traditional and modern elements, creating a vibrant and functional family haven.

Warm, modern living room with large windows, fireplace, and mid-century furnishings.
Vibrant, modern dining space with colorful artwork, pendant lighting, and a wooden table.
Cozy indoor space featuring wall art, pendant lighting, and a view of a lush outdoor deck.
Cozy entryway with paneled walls, piano, and potted plants inviting one inside.
Bright home office with modern built-in cabinetry, wooden chair, and decorative accents.
Cozy, child-friendly bedroom with yellow bedding, plush toys, and warm wooden furniture.
Vibrant yellow tiles cover the walls and floor, contrasting with the teal vanity and decor.
A vibrant bathroom with a retro-inspired color palette and unique tiled floors.
A cozy bedroom with large white-curtained window, radiator, and colorful textiles.
Minimalist bathroom with mint green tiles, modern vanity, and terrazzo countertop.
Well-designed backyard with gardening beds, paving stones, and cozy seating area.
The image depicts a modern, minimalist architectural design with a wooden exterior, concrete walls, and a recessed entryway.
A modern, multi-level home with a mix of wood, concrete, and glass elements.

About Seattle Craftsman Home

A Long-Term Vision

In Seattle’s Phinney Ridge, Best Practice Architecture transformed a craftsman-style house. Julie and Chris Lubke, structural engineers, bought it in 2009. Although it had great views of the Olympic Mountains, it needed major updates. Despite preferring contemporary design, they aimed to restore its original craftsman charm. They chose to work slowly and collaboratively with Best Practice.

Phases of Transformation

The first phase included remodeling the entry porch and painting the house grey and butter-yellow. Before their first child was born in 2011, phase two began. It updated the main floor, brightened the kitchen, and added a laundry room and full bath. Best Practice balanced traditional and contemporary elements during these phases.

Final Phase and New Additions

By 2020, with three children and a need for a home office, the final phase started. Best Practice added a second floor and a new garage. They designed two contemporary volumes to complement the original house. One volume includes the primary bedroom and Julie’s home office. The second volume features a spa-like bathroom and a walk-in closet. Pocket doors divide the spaces effectively.

Family-Centered Design

The landing connects three children’s rooms, a bathroom, and play areas. A reading nook and lookout loft, linked by a slide, add fun. The interiors reflect craftsman style with a colorful twist. Seafoam green tiles adorn the primary bathroom, while the children’s bathroom features various hues. Gray paint highlights the central stair.

Practical and Future-Proof Garage

The garage, showcasing the family’s engineering skills, includes a 13-foot (3.96 meters) concrete wall as a yard backdrop. Designed for future flexibility, it allows for a mother-in-law unit above. This offers potential income or support for an aging family member.

Seattle Craftsman Home highlights Julie, Chris, and Best Practice’s collaboration. Each phase thoughtfully combines traditional and modern elements, creating a vibrant family home.

Photography by Rafael Soldi

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- by Matt Watts