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\ Arroyos MidCentury

Set in the idyllic Arroyos neighborhood amid a grove of Madrona trees and bathed in southwestern light, this 1956 home was transformed from a small, dark box into an open, light-filled oasis.

The existing structure barely interacted with the sweeping 180 degree views of Puget Sound. We remedied that immediately by adding a 2-story wing to one end, creating an L shape. We then opened the home up to its amazing siting by adding a new 240 sf deck, viewed and accessed through new floor-to-ceiling windows and a large sliding door. The wing also allowed us to create a new master suite with breathtaking views on two sides, yet full privacy on the others.

To open up the floorplan, the kitchen walls were eliminated, replaced by posts at each end of the new island. This allowed for fully open access to the living and dining areas under a spectacular open post-and-beam ceiling. Flush-panel birch cabinetry was employed to create a tie to its original 50's roots, set off by a concrete-inspired Corian countertop.

Warmth was achieved by using rich Sapele (Ribbon Mahogany) paneling and cabinetry around the large fireplace wall, as well as in a "faux" dropped ceiling in the kitchen. The original oak hardwoods were renewed, sanded and given a shiny espresso stain and swedish finish.

Downstairs a large new bedroom was added in the new wing below the master. Additionally a new full bath was added and the spacious rec room was fully finished.

Architect: Kim Goforth, Goforth Gill Architects (206) 463-5222
Structural Engineer: Dale Ellis, Ellisport Engineering

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The fish-eye lens lets you view the entire open floor plan, with its exposed beams, wall of windows and warm wood cabinetry. With walls removed, the original oak floors were stained a deep espresso brown, uniting the spaces in a sleek rich tone.
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