SHED Architecture & Design
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Capitol Hill Loft Remodel

Capitol Hill Loft, located in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, is a 1,702-square-foot custom crafted remodel of an urban loft. The award-winning 1310 East Union Building originally designed by the Miller Hull Partnership for Seattle-based developers, Dunn + Hobbes, accommodates eight loft-style condominiums with sweeping views of the Puget Sound and nearby mountains.

The client, a young professional couple, came to the firm with an original layout that did not harmonize with everyday living patterns; an exposed entry way, lack of storage and oversized hallway left no place to hide. The main challenge was to add functional elements to the space that blended with the building’s original palette of concrete floors, zinc plated pan-decking ceiling, and blackened steel beams and railings.

Inserting a mix of texture, raw materials and functional elements, SHED Architecture & Design was able to artfully marry the new additions with the original details of the industrial construction using a palette of concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened perforated and sheet steel and mirror.
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The brick found in the backsplash and island was chosen for its sympathetic materiality that is forceful enough to blend in with the native steel, while the bold, fine grain Zebra wood cabinetry coincides nicely with the concrete floors without being too ostentatious. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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The geometric wallpaper designed by local designer Brian Paquette, was inspired by a traditional Japanese pattern book. The design was reproduced on 11x17 paper and applied to the wall using wheat paste to add texture to the exposed main wall. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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The counter was extended beyond the original range to create a protected entry way and more generous kitchen space. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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Under the stairs, the base board was raised and updated with steel plate to create a camouflage storage space for bikes, while the sleek cabinet above was added to display mementos and store other belongings that originally had no home. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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The former open, empty loft space was closed off with a translucent 3Form wall panel and a framed wall to create a guest room. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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The size of the island was carefully mapped out and practical details were added such as a built-in microwave and informal seating for four to subtly flush out the amount of storage required for a functional kitchen; while installing a playful curly cord to connect power to the new island. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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Custom-made lightweight transparent container for the master closet. Photo Credit: Mark Woods
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