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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.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

chasestone added this to Garages
September 1, 2014
room layout over garage idea
Ruthie Schaap added this to Cabin
July 19, 2014
Half tiled fireplace - tv above
wilbub01 added this to Highlands
June 11, 2014
Different GAME idea for great room???
crazel added this to crazel's ideas
December 15, 2013
downstairs ideas, part carpet, part wood and fireplace, french door.
mindyblake67 added this to Kids space
August 25, 2013
rec room
elsadmartin added this to elsadmartin's ideas
August 10, 2013
A table like this behind the couch
eocene added this to Basement - painted brick, colors
June 7, 2013
Love the windows
designbear added this to Exterior Ideas
March 11, 2013
window style with longer divides on top
Crystal Gross added this to Inspired
March 9, 2013
Sofa Table in basement
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