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Mercer Island Waterfront Estate traditional-dining-room

Mercer Island Waterfront Estate

Here's one of our most recent projects that was completed in 2011. This client had just finished a major remodel of their house in 2008 and were about to enjoy Christmas in their new home. At the time, Seattle was buried under several inches of snow (a rarity for us) and the entire region was paralyzed for a few days waiting for the thaw. Our client decided to take advantage of this opportunity and was in his driveway sledding when a neighbor rushed down the drive yelling that his house was on fire. Unfortunately, the house was already engulfed in flames. Equally unfortunate was the snowstorm and the delay it caused the fire department getting to the site. By the time they arrived, the house and contents were a total loss of more than $2.2 million.

Our role in the reconstruction of this home was two-fold. The first year of our involvement was spent working with a team of forensic contractors gutting the house, cleansing it of all particulate matter, and then helping our client negotiate his insurance settlement. Once we got over these hurdles, the design work and reconstruction started. Maintaining the existing shell, we reworked the interior room arrangement to create classic great room house with a contemporary twist. Both levels of the home were opened up to take advantage of the waterfront views and flood the interiors with natural light. On the lower level, rearrangement of the walls resulted in a tripling of the size of the family room while creating an additional sitting/game room. The upper level was arranged with living spaces bookended by the Master Bedroom at one end the kitchen at the other. The open Great Room and wrap around deck create a relaxed and sophisticated living and entertainment space that is accentuated by a high level of trim and tile detail on the interior and by custom metal railings and light fixtures on the exterior.

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loriedominguez added this to Kitchen Ideas
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August 22, 2014
Back splash
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August 14, 2014
Open yet separated visually
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July 22, 2014
Separate kitchen from den
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May 18, 2014
ceiling & floor
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February 18, 2014
Like this layout. Clean lines.
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January 24, 2014
beautiful but way too cold
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September 6, 2013
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September 3, 2013
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July 24, 2013
great colours!!
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East Mercer Way home
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Table and chairs
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Floor idea
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just sublime
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Possible kitchen floors
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