Magazine article Sunset

New Third Story and Three Decks Take 36 Years off Its Age

Magazine article Sunset

New Third Story and Three Decks Take 36 Years off Its Age

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New third story and three decks take 36 years off its age

Looking every minute its age, this 1951Seattle house was ready for a facelift. Owner Jim Evers asked architects Cardwell /Thomas & Associates to open it up and give it a contemporary look while avoiding whopping expenses.

The outside lines changed dramatically. Anew third story added a 455-square-foot bedroom, bath, and dressing area and a 78-square-foot deck to the top of the two-story house.

The addition cut into the existing roof,but here an architectural trick saved money. Much of the old gently pitched roof was not removed: it's simply disguised by a horizontal false front that extends from the addition around the remaining roof. This--along with white lattice panels on two sides of the garage-top deck and the raised deck outside the living room-- makes the house a series of strong, rectangular shapes. White paint covers the remaining Roman brick facing.

Decks are important to this house. Thetopmost deck is a partly walled, partly open corner off the new upstairs bedroom. The deck atop the garage is a favorite spot for summer meals; barbecue, dining table and chairs, and furniture for sunning stay out of sight behind the lattice panel. …

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