Before & After: Grand Capitol Hill Remodel

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Our recent clients, a couple working in Seattle tech, purchased this 1909 home for its spacious interior and grand features. The home, located between Capitol Hill and Eastlake in Seattle, is one of many box-style homes in the neighborhood having features such as: a dormer, covered porch and square columns. Though the home had been renovated before, the interior had more Victorian details than modern ones. With the help of local architect Board & Vellum, designer Jules Thomas of Maker Agent and our build team, the couple reimagined some of the major spaces and made quick updates to modernize others. The result is a truly stunning modern home that retains its historical grandeur. Note: The interior design of the home is currently still in progress, and we look forward to sharing updates upon its completion.

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The entryway and stairs received a touch-up with new painting, flooring and a fireplace addition. The fireplace was a change that occurred during the build process, as the living room shaped up to focus on the entertainment system. So that the fireplace did not compete with the TV, the original brick fireplace was removed from the living room and a new traditional, marble fireplace was added to the family room where it becomes the focal point. [Read more…]

Model Remodel Wins its First Chrysalis Award

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ChrysalisModel Remodel is the proud winner of a nationally recognized Chrysalis Award, for the company’s work on Ada’s Technical Books and Café! The company won the award for the western region, in the commercial category.

“This was the first year Model Remodel has entered the awards,” says the director of the Chrysalis Awards Ken Kanline, “and to take home top honors on the first attempt is impressive.”

Model Remodel shares the award with architects Board and Vellum, who gave the company a beautiful vision to execute.

The Chrysalis Awards this year recognized roughly 90 companies from across the country, in 15 different residential and commercial building and remodeling categories. Judges picked winners based on design, creative use of space, materials selection, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. One of the many talented winners is Silent Rivers, a friend of Model Remodel through Remodelers Advantage, who won in the kitchen category.

All the Chrysalis winners will have features on Porch.com in late June.

The Chrysalis Award is one of many forms of recognition that Ada’s has received. The project also garnered a Remodeling Excellence (REX) Award in the category of green remodeling; a Residential Architect Design Award (RADA) citation in the category of light commercial work; and a Historic Seattle Award for preserving neighborhood character. The project has also been featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Stranger, Seattle Met Magazine, Gray Magazine, and the Seattle Times. Finally, staff presented the project at the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild 10x10x10 Green Building Slam and the American Institute of Architects – Seattle Sustainability Slam.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Chrysalis winners, and Model Remodel looks forward to participating in the awards again next year!

Retro Capitol Hill Condo

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When this young professional moved from Chicago to Seattle, she bought her first condo in Capitol Hill. Working in Seattle’s theater community, Capitol Hill’s proximity to the city’s entertainment culture was a good fit. However, the dated appearance of the condo wasn’t. Before moving in, she called on Model Remodel to give the unit an overhaul and incorporate her fun retro taste.

In the kitchen, as the project progressed, the team together made the decision to remove one wall. This relatively straightforward change made a world of difference, creating a space that felt more open, welcoming and modern. Then, the crew took apart the kitchen and replaced the sink, countertops and appliances. The cabinets, though, got recycled. Instead of ditching them for new ones, the crew removed the old cabinets, sanded them, painted them, and reinstalled them in a slightly different layout. The grey color fell in line with the client’s retro style, and the reuse matched Model Remodel’s environmental values.

The crew incorporated reuse in other parts of the condo, too. They framed the old bathroom mirror with trim salvaged from a previous job. They also removed one of the mirrored sliding doors from the bedroom and framed it for another part of the home. The crew installed more of the leftover trim as trim itself throughout the unit.

In the rest of the condo, the crew added can lights throughout, set up new electrical systems for safety, and installed floating oak flooring. In the bathroom, they put in a heated floor, new tub, shower controls and retro floor tile. The fireplace is the centerpiece of the living room, reconstructed with 50s-inspired thin white brick—very different from the original gas insert and drywall surround.

Model Remodel’s project manager says the best part of the project was working with such a vibrant, enthusiastic client. Any time the crew presented a question or problem, she was quick with decision. Professional team work was the standout of this remodel.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Model Remodel to Present at the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam

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green building slamThe Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for the second time has selected Model Remodel to be a presenter at its 10x10x10 Green Building Slam. The concept—10 companies give 10-minute presentations, comprising 10 PowerPoint slides. All of the presentations are about area sustainable building projects.

The Guild chose Model Remodel and architects Board and Vellum to discuss the salvage and historical preservation of Ada’s Technical Books and Café. Jason Legat and Jeff Pelletier will discuss the motivation for remodeling Ada’s in a sensitive and respectful way, in addition to highlighting the more interesting aspects of the project. It will be Model Remodel’s second time presenting, the first time being in 2012 for the Eastside Harvest House.

The Green Building Slam will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5-10 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall. Tickets are $20 for Northwest EcoBuilding Guild members or $25 for the general public. We hope to see you there!

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe

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The intention of the clients and owners Danielle and David Hulton; architect Jeff Pelletier of BOARD and VELLUM; and the Model Remodel crew was to preserve the character of this 1920s craftsman home and the Capitol Hill neighborhood, while creating a space that customers would want to pass the hours.

The Model Remodel crew transformed the house into the bookstore you see today by removing the interior walls and ceiling of the house and opening the space up. In addition, the crew expanded the space with a 2,500-square-foot addition in the back. In the process of opening up the space, Model Remodel salvaged the lumber from the original design of the house. The crew used it for the point-of-sales shelving, book-shelving units, and cabinetry. Los Angeles-based artist Nicholas Hernandez used some of the remaining salvaged wood for a hanging sculpture of the space needle outside the building. The crew also salvaged the old paneled doors from the original space, which turned into a creative demarcation between the books and the café.

The space has an interesting history. Horizon Books turned the residential house into a bookstore in the early 1970s. The used bookstore closed in 2009. In a story by the Stranger, one Seattleite in the comments section remarked that he couldn’t think of a better replacement for Horizon Books than Ada’s. In between Horizon and Ada’s, the house had a colorful shell of yarn bombings.

The new store has received glowing press in the Capitol Hill blog, the Stranger, the Daily Journal of Commerce, the Puget Sound Business Journal, CityArts and Seattle Met’s Shop Talk blog. All involved are especially proud of the opening line from the Stranger, “This could very well be the new most beautiful bookstore in Seattle.”

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Model Remodel Wraps Up Job, Ada’s Technical Books and Café Now Open for Business!

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Adas prelim photoBook lovers and techies unite! Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe has swung open its doors, and the space couldn’t be more welcoming.

It is warm with salvaged wood, colorful books and a fireplace. The café serves hearty, seasonal foods, along with beer, wine and of course coffee. Perhaps the biggest standout, though, are the interesting tables. The compass table, in particular, is a Model Remodel staff favorite.

Architects BOARD and VELLUM are responsible for the welcoming design of Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe. Jeff Pelletier worked hard to design a store that respected the original space, the neighborhood, the owners’ vision, and the interests of customers.

On top of that, the bookstore needed to be accessible. “Ada’s is the quintessential ‘third place’ that every neighborhood needs,” Pelletier says. “It [feels] comfortable inside and out and [helps] provide a diverse retail mix for the street.”

The Model Remodel crew built Ada’s out of a 1920s craftsman residential house, which Horizon Books turned into a bookstore in the early 1970s. The used bookstore closed in 2009. In a story by the Stranger, one Seattleite in the comments section remarked that he couldn’t think of a better replacement for Horizon Books than Ada’s. In between Horizon and Ada’s, you might have seen the house with a colorful shell of yarn bombings.

The Model Remodel crew transformed the house into the bookstore you see today by removing the interior walls and ceiling of the house and opening the space up. Site supervisor Matt Everett says it dramatically changed the space from one that felt like an ordinary room to one that was far more airy and monumental. In addition, the crew expanded the space with a 2,500-square-foot addition in the back.

In the process of opening up the space, Model Remodel salvaged the lumber from the original design of the house. The crew used it for the point-of-sales shelving, book-shelving units, and cabinetry. Los Angeles-based artist Nicholas Hernandez used some of the remaining salvaged wood for a hanging sculpture of the space needle. The crew also salvaged the old paneled doors from the original space, which turned into a creative demarcation between the books and the café.

The store officially announced its presence in Capitol Hill on Nov. 2, when the hospitable owners Danielle and David Hulton welcomed a crowd of people for the grand opening. The couple provided snacks from the café, raffled off door prizes from local businesses, and granted sales on books.

The new store has received glowing press in the Capitol Hill blog, the Stranger, and the Daily Journal of Commerce. All involved are especially proud of the opening line from the Stranger, “This could very well be the new most beautiful bookstore in Seattle.”

Customers can buy books from Ada’s ranging in topic from “Einstein: His Life and Universe” to “The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft.” The store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For professional photos of Ada’s Technical Books and Café, keep your eyes glued to Model Remodel’s portfolio page.

Photo credit: Cindy Apple Photography

Ada’s Bookstore New Retail Project Advances

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Ada’s Technical Bookstore and Café New Retail Location Project Advances

Work continues as Model Remodel is busy with Ada’s Technical Bookstore and Cafés new expanded location on 15th Avenue East in Capitol Hill.

Matt Everett, Project Supervisor, says he is enjoying the challenges of a small, unique job site nestled in the heart of this vibrant, friendly neighborhood. The neighbors have expressed how excited they are about this specialty retail addition to their community.

Ada’s offers a wealth of technical books, gifts and author and educational events at its current home on Broadway; however, they were interested in expanding their offerings by including an enhanced retail environment, community space for more events and room for additional office space.

According to Board and Vellum, architect Jeff Pelletier redesigned the current old bungalow building to include more bookshelves, more computer stations, more seating and a new café.  The challenge was to seamlessly integrate the current structure with the new second floor office addition.  He says, “Model Remodel has been an outstanding team player.  They’ve run the project extremely well, and helped bring our design to the next level with their construction and project management expertise.”  Communication is key to a successful project regardless of the size and scope.  Additionally, the client, the contractor and our firm are all aligned, adhering to principles of sustainability.

Matt shared several eco-friendly strategies being implemented on the project including:

  • Adaptive reuse of an existing structure
  • Waste management and deconstruction plan
  • Use of salvaged and repurposed materials
  • Key daylighting strategies
  • Low and no VOC finishes and paints
  • Preservation of an old tree on the property
  • Low impact landscaping
  • Building flexible office space capacity to support local professional and creative-class workforce needs.

We will share more progress updates on the construction process, including an announcement about a proposed Community Open House, when dates are finalized.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more, or want to talk about your commercial project, please contact us anytime via our website.

Image: Courtesy of Board and Vellum Architecture and Design

Building Community at Ada’s New Location

Design sketches for Ada's Technical Bookstore & Cafe new expanded location on Capitol Hill

Building Community at the new Ada’s Technical Books and Café on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Plans are moving along on one of Model Remodel’s newest mixed-use projects – Ada’s Technical Books and Café located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  The project includes deconstruction and salvage operations, adaptive reuse of the existing space, as well as new commercial construction.

The owners of Ada’s, partnering with the architects at Board and Vellum, created a design concept for expansion of the bookstore to include a new café, open community space for author talks and other events, and a newly constructed, two-story building for the store’s office and leasable co-working spaces.

Nestled between Coastal Kitchen and Casita International, this new pedestrian-friendly and lively location will invite current and new customers to enjoy additional services in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

We’re currently excavating the site and opening up the existing bungalow structure to accommodate the planned new uses. Concrete work will follow. Then, in early April, the real fun begins with framing of the new structure.

Return to our blog for updates on the progress of the project and an announcement of the store’s grand opening!

 

Special thanks to Board and Vellum for providing us with their design sketches.