We have BEEN SUSPENDED in a regularly shifting, persistently inconsistent condition of “before and after” for a whilst now. “Before” reminds us from time to time of alluring, familiar feelings — a reliable foundation, a nostalgic touchstone, a sense of knowing and convenience and stability. Residence foundation.
Meanwhile, the elusive, ever-blurry thought of “after” teases — and motivates — us forward. With hope. With the promise of resolution. And certainty. Oh, please: just one particular small freaking slice of certainty.
Nicely, hallelujah: We located four. 4 brilliantly renovated/up-to-date/restored Seattle-region properties with absorbing “before” stories, and inspiring, absolute, very clear-as-oh-content-day “after” outcomes.
These extraordinary renewals — a dazzling and mild kitchen update in a historic West Seattle home, a 2nd-story addition/complete-residence redo in Exposition Heights, the supersensitive historic restoration of an architectural treasure on Queen Anne, and an formally trailblazing sustainable remodel on Bainbridge Island — have not only increased and transformed 4 structures, but also the life of the people today within.
Even by means of our tentative, still-technically-pandemic-y existing:
- In that West Seattle kitchen area, a stunning tailor made island has turn into an oasis, claims Brandon, who, with his wife, Jill, “would get out and have some excellent cocktails. We sit there, and we’re like: ‘Well, we cannot go out to a bar, so I guess our new bar is just sitting there.’ “
- In Exposition Heights, new area (and areas) established wonderful, useful home (and rooms) for do the job, perform and family members togetherness. So considerably family togetherness. “I just cannot even picture becoming in the first residence with the young children and the pet, especially people initial pair months, when the young children were dwelling all the time,” says Lily, whose mothers and fathers also dwell with her and her spouse, James (in their very own recently refreshed ADU).
- On Queen Anne, it took Adelaide Blair and her spouse, Darin McAdams, “a moment” to adapt to functioning from residence in this sort of a newly open up layout, but there is another satisfied, adaptable “after” below, too. “I don headphones a large amount,” she claims. “I’m an introvert, and I like to commit all working day by myself, and now there is a particular person in the property all working day, speaking. I continue to like him. Our relationship is fantastic I swear it!”
- And on Bainbridge, profound associations — with the land, the dwelling and the lifetime-affirming mother nature all about it — solid on the supremely environmentally friendly route to total Residing Creating Challenge certification have assisted maintain Todd Vogel and Karen Hust (and the earth alone). “It was not so substantially that the dwelling is internet zero in electrical power and h2o that would make us feel healthier or much more secure,” states Hust. “It’s definitely the connection to position that allows for a sense of groundedness and healthfulness and harmony which is a mainstay through a challenging time. It is a foundation that enables you to roll with chaotic instances in the globe, figuring out that you have a position to arrive dwelling to that is regenerative to your effectively-remaining, as very well as to the put it is designed on.”
Ah. There is that blessed certainty: rooted in link, and in our possess connection to our individual feeling of household. Maybe that is how we dangle on and roll to whatever our “after” holds.