All my projects are the synthesis of two streams of information and inspiration: my client's vision and dreams for the future, and their existing house and its history.

My role is to listen carefully to you as well as analyze the house where you now reside. My designs transform the old restricted patterns of the current house into the new patterns of well-being for the next phase of your life.

Remodels & Additions

There are many reasons why you are motivated to remodel or expand your house. You probably love your neighborhood and location, but need to improve your home. An experienced design professional helps you to explore the feasibility, budget and architectural options for your remodel. With the right information, you can make the right decisions.

project list: remodels & additions 

Craftsman on Phinney (phinney ridge, Seattle 2007)

Second story addition with master suite, 2 decks, and guest bedroom with bath. Remodel includes a dumbwaiter. Kitchen addition rebuilt with media room created below.

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We designed a 625 SF second-story for this 1910 house in West Seattle.  The addition contains a private “get-away” master suite for the owners.  It features a spacious master bedroom, oversize master bath with jetted tub and walk-in shower, walk-in closet and bonus office space.


Thorough renovation and expansion of a 1912 single story house. We created new second-story plus usable attic under cross-gable layout. Also designed a legal ADU mother-in-law in basement. Second-story has large master suite, plus guest suite and 2 bedrooms with a common bath.


An 860 SF second story was designed for this 1937 house. The addition includes a master suite with a unique sunroom, a second bedroom/office, and a new stair with a reading nook. Also added on the main level: a new bath, new front porch, and sliding built-in bookcases. 


Unique addition to 1960 rambler.  Added 320 SF to front of house, allowing for creation of a master suite, reconfigured bathroom and hallways, improved entry, and expanded garage to shelter a boat. Also raised the front half of the roof, creating a clerestory set of windows for the living room, as well as clearance for boat storage in the garage.


Rear two-story addition to a 1913 house in Ballard. This 12’-0” addition created 310 SF on both the main and upper floors.  Unique dormers created cathedral ceilings for two of the new upper floor bedrooms.  A “just-right-sized” master suite has direct access to a new bathroom with oversize shower. A second common bath was also created on the upper level.  The main level features a large new Family Room, with a small pantry and powder room to one side.

Three-Story Addition  (Greenwood, Seattle 2015)

Three-story addition and interior renovation of existing house. The addition contains a master suite on the top level, children's bedrooms and bath on the main level, and a two car garage below. Renovation includes a relocated front entry and porch, new living room, dining room, and partial new kitchen.

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Craftsman in Wallingford (Seattle 2008)

Partial expansion of roofline allowed for new second floor with two bedrooms and a bath. Kitchen on main level was completely redone, including moving doorway location.

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Bungalow Expansion (ravenna, Seattle 2008)

Rear addition allowed for expansion of dining area and enlarged new kitchen. Also included is a 'tower' room accessed by a ship's ladder. New bathroom renovations completed the interior. A craftsman porch was created for the front entry.

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Attic Conversion with Gable Dormers: Second Story Addition/Renovation (greenlake, Seattle 1997)

Converted attic into second floor using new gable dormers. Upper floor has master bedroom and walk-in closet, child's bedroom and full bathroom. Hall is designed as a family space. New stair from main level wraps around bathroom.

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Garage into Master Bedroom (wedgewood, seattle 2008)

Rebuild of garage into master suite with porch; connect to house and expand new kitchen into found space.

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Under the Roof Rafters: Two-Story Addition (west Seattle 2001)

Two-story addition: 400 sf on both levels. Addition includes a master bedroom and private bath on the upper level, and new den and sewing/utility room on the main level.

Project also includes major re-configuration of existing bedrooms on upper level, and living spaces on the main level.

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atrium design: two-story addition (wedgewood, seattle 2014)

This project included a two-story rear addition as well as a major remodel of existing house. On the main level, the addition extends the kitchen into a family room that looks into the back yard. It also includes a master suite. The atrium design at the stair allows illuminations from the skylights above. The upper level is an open family space that is designed to convert into bedrooms and bathrooms. 

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Addition of shed dormer to second story to create master bedroom suite. Also created new master bathroom and walk-in closet. 

Shed-style dormer selected to maximize space: 264 SF added to rear of house.

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Dormer Addition / Master Suite (wallingford, Seattle 2009)

New gable-dormer matches roof angle and has setback shed dormers for extra headroom. Addition features cathedral ceiling in new master bedroom and custom master bath design.

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Three Story Addition (Kirkland 2009)

New 3-story side addition gives expanded living space in main floor, large master bath above, and new guest room in basement.

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Lakeview Cottage: Second Story Addition (matthews beach, Seattle 2003)

Addition of a partial 800 SF second story, with waterfront views of Lake Washington. Complete main floor renovation with new kitchen, dining room, living room and master suite. 

New second story has two children's bedrooms, common bathroom, and open family room with doors to view balcony.

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NEW MASTER SUITE WING (Bellevue, 2017)

An entire wing was added to this 1956 rambler. This addition boosts the total house to 4000 square feet.  The wind features both a new living/family room as well as a complete master suite.  The master bedroom has windows on two side; there is an extra-long master closet; and the master bath features an oversize shower and double sinks. In addition, we included a separate bathroom by the rear door, for washing off when you come indoors from their hot tub.


We added a one-story new kitchen addition to the real of the house. The addition includes an L-shaped kitchen with space for a small island. The addition also features a covered deck area. Former kitchen was converted into a bedroom.

Shed dormer master-suite (University district, seattle 2015)

New shed dormer creates a space for a beautiful master-suite.  The suite includes a new master bedroom and master bath with double sinks. 

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LUCKY GOLD ADDITION (madison valley, seattle 2014)

We added a partial second story addition to the rear of this house. The addition includes a small master suite, additional bedroom, common bathroom, and a space for the stacking laundry. 

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Partial Second Story Addition with roof deck (Green lake, Seattle 2012)

We added a partial second story addition. The addition includes a small roof deck, two bedrooms, a bath and laundry. 

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Classical Make-Over: Second Story Addition/Kitchen Remodel (magnolia, Seattle 2002)

The Owners wanted a new 'classical' look when they added on to their one-story house. The pedimented front porch with white columns gives them the style they wanted.

New addition is a full 1100 SF second story, including a nine-foot bumpout to the front. Main level features completely new kitchen, dining room and living room. 

New second story has master suite with steam shower, 2 children's bedrooms, craft/laundry room, and open family room with French doors to view balcony.

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Updated 1940's House: Second Story Addition/Kitchen Remodel (magnolia, Seattle 1999)

Full 1100 SF second-story addition includes 2 BR, bath, 1 MBR with master bath, and bonus room with balcony. Also includes expansion of main level, new kitchen, and new entry.

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White Cube House: Second Story addition 
(montlake, Seattle 2001)

New second story addition with a master bedroom/master bath and two children's bedrooms with shared bathroom. Custom-designed wall-fountain in atrium.

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New Roof Landscape: New Roof (Bellevue 2004)

Created dramatic new roof for entire house of 2700 SF on main level. Single 'flat' roof is replaced with multiple higher-angled gable roofs.

Project also included conversion of carport into a full garage, and selection of new windows for the entire house.

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Adding It Up (meadowbrook, Seattle 2007)

Added a second story with 2 bedrooms, master suite, and deck.

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Added new family room/den over attached garage. New laundry room and hall connects den to second floor. Dramatic windows and lighting.

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Back of house Master Suite: One-Story Addition (meadowbrook, Seattle 1999)

Addition of 300 SF Master Bedroom Suite with a new bathroom. Features a south-facing porch that echoes the original bungalow design.

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Two Story Addition / Master Suite (Snohomish 2010)

New 2-story side addition creates large master suite with ample sized bedroom and private bath. Expanded garage below.

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Created new entry porch with craftsman style columns supporting a roof with a curved soffit and matching transom window. Dramatic interior created as ellipse penetrates the front wall and merges into the interior cathedral ceiling.

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Created new rear-yard porch to add outdoor living area. The attached gazebo features a hexagonal roof form. The roof is held by classical columns on a rock-look wall.

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two story addition (west seattle 2014)

Two-story addition adds a master suite on the second floor. On the main floor we opened up the kitchen to the dining area and den.

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Artist’s Studio Dormer (Magnolia, seattle 2014)

A new hip-roof dormer turns an under-utilized attic space into a 250 sq. ft. artist’s studio.

Basement/Raised Houses


Full upgrade to a partially-finished basement.  We created two bedrooms, new bathroom, laundry area and open family room. We worked with the existing window wells to create legal egress for both bedrooms.


We re-worked a finished basement to create a legal rental ADU (mother-in-law) unit. We designed a new kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, working with the existing structure and layout.


In a 1917 house, we converted an 1100 SF poorly constructed space into a finished apartment for the homeowners.  The finished space has two bedrooms, a new bathroom, studio with separate entrance, and laundry/eat-in area.

Basement Upgrade (phinney ridge, Seattle 2010)

Finished basement features heated floors, built-ins, play rooms and kitchenette/wet bar.

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Straighten It Out: Getting the Most out of a Daylight Basement (queen anne, Seattle 2016)

Before - A family with a young child was living in a 1950’s one-story house with a daylight basement. The parents both work at home, one fulltime.  They were starting to outgrow the limited space on the main floor, and were tired of the outdated interiors as well. Unfortunately, the basement was more of a maze of rooms, with the bathroom itself chopped up and awkward. It also had a small kitchen they were not using and taking up precious space. The door to the backyard and the fireplace were in poor locations.  Storage was haphazard and poorly done.

Design - I took a fresh look at the entire basement, envisioning it without the constraints of the current poor layout.  We started by lining the exterior walls with a 2x wall for insulation, and retrofitting for earthquakes. Then we properly placed the 2 new bedrooms (including egress) and straightened out the bathroom layout.  Finally we opened up the walls around the stairs to create a light and airy entrance to the basement.

After - Now this young family has a charming new lower level that reflects the same level of finish and design as the main floor. They have space for guests and their at-home offices.  A gas fireplace instantly lights at the press of a button in the new living area.  And that dis-jointed bathroom is finally straightened out.

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Modern Basement (eastlake, Seattle 2007)

Complete renovation of basement creating a media room, guest bedroom with Murphy bed, new bathroom, and storage.

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Luxury Basement (capitol hill, Seattle 2009)

Goal was to create a new lower level that matched the luxurious appointments of the main floor. Custom cabinetry installed throughout; hand-crafted stair to match main stair above.

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Invisible basement structure
(montlake, seattle 2014)

The client dreamed of turning an unfinished basement into a highly efficient multi-function set of spaces. The structure of post and beams was completely re-worked, yet you don't see them in the completed remodel. Basement has new stair, family area, home office/guest room, laundry room, and utility area with a work bench. Features a barn door and a pocket door which create spacious feeling when they are open. 

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queen anne basement build-out (Seattle 2014)

Complete build-out of unfinished basement. New basement has family room, over-sized laundry, and bedroom/bathroom suite. Stair was reversed as part of the overall design. Exterior trenching created water diversion around the house. 

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I designed a new one bedroom apartment in the existing basement. Solved ADU* problems of bedroom egress window, bathroom layout with existing piping, and headroom at exterior entry. Also designed new parking pad and paths to house. (*Accessory Dwelling Unit)


Raised house to replace foundation and create better headroom. New basement has a bedroom, bath, laundry, utility and living space. Master planned for future conversion into a mother-in-law apartment. Design work included raising house up and designing a new foundation

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Interior Design

The final stage of a great remodel or new home is the interior design. Let us help you achieve an integrated look with our interior design services. We can also advise you on sustainable "green" choices for your project. And a completed interior specification helps you get more accurate bids. Assistance with materials, finishes, colors, appliances and fixture selection is available at whatever level you need. We also provide custom design for fireplace surrounds, stair railings, lighting, built-ins and other items that will be unique for your home.


Pacific Rim Bedroom

This master bedroom renovation uses a freestanding wall to separate space and create a closet/ storage area. Custom storage units mimic the shoji screen doors.

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Arts and Crafts Stairs

New stair to upper floor with custom designed Arts & Crafts railing. Dumbwaiter located next to stair for handy use.

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Wood and Stone Hearth

New stone-faced fireplace surround, wood mantelpiece, and custom built display shelves and cabinets. Wood stained crown molding added to room.

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Storage Opportunity

Conversion to efficient storage.

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Sometimes the first or last step in remodeling a home is creating great outdoor spaces.  A covered porch or open deck can give a home the space needed for outdoor entertainment and enjoyment.  Changes to the look of a house can give you the ‘street appeal’ or exterior upgrade you want to see each time you arrive home.

New classic entry (SEATTLE 2016)

The clients had a lovely classical-style entry for their 1923 house. However, it was a side entry that interfered with their driveway use.  They came to me with a hope of moving the entry to the front of the house.  This move required a precise understanding of the zoning code and its setback and stair exemptions.  It also required accurate classical understanding for the outside columns and gable roof, as well as the interior details.

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Terraced backyard (SEATTLE 2016)

The large gently sloping backyard of my clients did not provide a level place for outdoors activities and hosting.  By terracing the backyard into two levels, we created a dining patio nearer to the house and kitchen on the upper level.  On lower level there is larger curving-edge patio with a fire pit. 

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