You often hear the phrase "this house has good bones." While the term is used often, it's pretty tough to define. Read on to get an architect's perspective on the matter!
This is the last post in a series meant to shed light on the mysterious (and seldom exposed) process of remodeling. I hope these posts are useful to you if you’re considering a remodel of similar scale; I think they’ll lend insight into the challenges and decisions we’ve faced during our project and, of course, the reward at the end.
We started this project thinking we had a strong sense of the direction our design decisions would take. But designing a home is much more about solving problems than going shopping, so we hired a designer (our architect’s wife) on an hourly basis to help us out. We were worried about choosing trendy finishes that would look dated a few years down the road or would be impractical for our active household.
Cabinets are a big deal. I’ve seen 2-year-old cabinets that look like tired and unreliable. Our 1959 home in West Seattle has original cabinets that have held up incredibly well and look great. Beautiful, durable cabinets are really important to us because we hope to make our kitchen the hub of our new home.
This is the first in a series of posts I’m writing to shed light on the often mysterious (and seldom exposed) process of remodeling a home. My wife and I recently bought a place in my hometown, Mercer Island, and we’re in the middle of our project now! I hope these posts will prove useful to anyone considering a remodel of similar scale and will lend insight into the challenges and decisions we’ve faced during our project.