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Design Renovation Modernizes A Classic Tudor

Design Renovation Modernizes A Classic Tudor

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BENJAMIN WOOLSEY/OTTO

After their three children departed the nest, a Seattle couple considered simplifying. As the husband walked their dogs through the neighborhood, a 1929 brick Tudor just up the hill inevitably captured his attention. He especially loved the way the natural light bathed the house at different times of day. “He would always stop to ask the owner how she was doing, and after 10 years, she decided to move, so we bought it,” the wife says. “It has a view of Lake Washington that includes Mount Rainier and the Cascades, and it was just about the only house my husband would consider.”

Many area homes were being torn down and replaced, but the couple loved how the modest Tudor fit into the neighborhood. Still, they wanted to freshen it up, so they enlisted architect John A. DeForest to reimagine the home with modern light-filled spaces. “They had the courage to breathe new life into the house,” DeForest says. “That sends a nice message that the choice isn’t strictly between historic restoration and a tear down.” 

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