Second Story Addition Transforms Family Home

Architect: Studio La Ru Architects
Location: Ballard, Seattle, WA
Scope: Second Story Addition (3 bed, 2 bath), Main Floor and Exterior Remodel
Sustainability: Low-VOC paint, 80-90% recycle rate, energy-efficient ventilation fans and cooling system, CRI Green Label Plus carpeting, Energy Star windows

Many homeowners, at some point, find themselves needing more space. Whether it’s a growing family, an aging relative moving in or the desire for a home office, space can be a major point of frustration. The result is a internal debate about selling a home versus remodeling—the list of pros and cons is long. Yet, if you love your neighborhood and your home is in good condition for a second story addition, remodeling could be your best option.

In today’s hot real estate market, more and more Seattle homeowners are choosing to add on to their home instead of searching for a new one. Remodeling, especially at a large scale, gives you the opportunity to completely customize your home’s layout and design. For this growing family, it allowed them to add a significant amount of space (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) to their bungalow,  while updating the rest of the existing home to match their taste.

This home addition was designed in a very thoughtful way. Instead of completely changing the aesthetic of the home, the addition and remodel in Ballard worked within the bounds of the original style. Vintage features, such as the portico and beveled glass basement door, were kept in place and simply updated. A more contemporary paint color combination, as well as matte black stair railing, add a touch of modernism. Inside, the same attention to reuse and match styles was given. The homeowners were able to move back in before the birth of their first child, and can now rest easy knowing their family has room to grow within their Ballard home.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography

Before & After

Many homeowners, at some point, find themselves needing more space. Whether it’s a growing family, an aging relative moving in or the desire for a home office, space can be a major point of frustration. The result is a internal debate about selling a home versus remodeling—the list of pros and cons is long. Yet, if you love your neighborhood and your home is in good condition for a second story addition, remodeling could be your best option.

In today’s hot real estate market, more and more Seattle homeowners are choosing to add on to their home instead of searching for a new one. Remodeling, especially at a large scale, gives you the opportunity to completely customize your home’s layout and design. For this growing family, it allowed them to add a significant amount of space (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) to their bungalow,  while updating the rest of the existing home to match their taste.

This home addition was designed in a very thoughtful way. Instead of completely changing the aesthetic of the home, the addition and remodel in Ballard worked within the bounds of the original style. Vintage features, such as the portico and beveled glass basement door, were kept in place and simply updated. A more contemporary paint color combination, as well as matte black stair railing, add a touch of modernism. Inside, the same attention to reuse and match styles was given. The homeowners were able to move back in before the birth of their first child, and can now rest easy knowing their family has room to grow within their Ballard home.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography