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De la Vega threw everything she had into the building project. "The way I approached the project reflected my habitual approach to life in general. I’m an artist, so I have a fairly strong sense of what I like," says de la Vega, seen here at the threshold of the minihouse.
Everything about the building and renovation was a challenge for de la Vega, but the one thing that was never a problem for her was vision. "Vision is something that comes naturally for me, compulsively even," she says.
The whole building process was a practice in falling off the horse and getting back on a few times over. "But my philosophy is that easy things are rarely worthwhile," says de la Vega.
The sleeping loft is perched above the French door entrance like a cradle swathed with fresh air that comes in from one of three windows. De la Vega likens the resting experience in the loft to sleeping outside in the summertime. "I love the simplicity and efficiency of the house," she says. "It is cozy and open at the same time. It has wonderful light and feels like a haven."
Wooden orange box: found at a going-out-of-business Western supply store
The industrial feel of the house reflects its proximity to downtown Seattle and the city's industrial resources. Exposed shelves, salvaged boxes and industrial lighting show de la Vega's penchant for repurposing vintage finds. The house is nestled within a culturally diverse area in South Seattle's Top Hat neighborhood, which has become increasingly attractive to artists, artisans and tradespeople.
So Your Style Is: Industrial
The French doors open up to the property's bounty: fruit-bearing trees and raised garden beds.