February 25, 2021

SHED Architecture Remodels a 1920s Bungalow into a Sylvan Seattle Home

The light-filled home maximizes use of every square foot. Photography by Rafael Soldi.

Nestled in a peaceful neighborhood just outside of Seattle, a 2,380-square-foot home with layers of sylvan accents fits seamlessly with its Pacific Northwest setting. Originally constructed during the 1920s, the team at SHED Architecture kept much of the bungalow’s original structure intact while reworking the additions made to its interiors, creating an open, livable space that maintains its historic charm. 

The fireplace is part of the home’s original chimney. Photography by Rafael Soldi.

SHED began the remodel by moving the front door slightly to the east in order to create an unobstructed visual pathway from the front to the back of the house. Beyond optimizing the intimate living room for hosting guests and centering the brick fireplace, the visual shift also enabled SHED to install a wooden space divider, replacing the existing drywall with mid-century inspired shelving which, as project lead Prentis Hale explains, “balances out the long, tubular proportions of the space.” 

Replacing a bearing wall, a column anchors the kitchen the island. Photography by Rafael Soldi.

In the kitchen, exposed edge plywood casework done by Kerf adds a rustic touch, complementing the mix of vintage and modern furnishings throughout the home. Comfortable yet chic, the transformed bungalow shows there are no limits when it comes to timeless design.  

The dining room features expansive views of the neighborhood. Photography by Rafael Soldi.

A modern iteration of a wrap-around porch extends into the backyard. Photography by Rafael Soldi.
Curated finishes pop against the bathroom’s neutral palette. Photography by Rafael Soldi.
The division between the living and dining space can be further emphasized by adding more objects to the open shelves. Photography by Rafael Soldi.

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