Magazine article Sunset

All-Out Remodel of a 1946 Cottage

Magazine article Sunset

All-Out Remodel of a 1946 Cottage

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Sometimes a little house is worth a big investment. In this case a spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Olympics made an all-out revamp of a 1946 cottage worthwhile.

As redesigned by Seattle architect Jeremy Miller for owner Steve Brown, this 920-square-footer is compact but not crowded--a good place for a career person or couple to live and entertain without the high expenses or much maintenance.

It took a lot of work. The house was gutted, rewired, replumbed, and insulated. Miller kept north- and east-facing windows to a minimum to conserve energy, and put the big windows to the south and west to take in warming sunlight and the view.

The rooms were also rearranged to take maximum advantage of the view. Entry, bedroom, and bath (where big windows would mean a loss of privacy) were put on the uphill, non-view side of the sloping lot. The new galley kitchen opens to the dining room through a generous interior "window," so the cook can chat with guests and enjoy the scenery. …

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