Spotlight on Shepherd: Giving New Life to Historic Home in Seattle’s Greenlake Neighborhood

Before the remodel (Image via Irons Brothers Construction)
after renovation

This 1914 Greenlake residence was completely remodeled and repurposed, giving new life to the historic home. The homeowner’s plans emphasized preserving the architectural character, while updating the entire structure to meet the needs of the modern family. Aesthetics were important to the lady of the house, who was active in choosing mills, finishes, and colours. While her partner prioritized his decisions to create an open floor plan and enrich his hobbies of watering, cooking and entertaining.

Balancing their wants and needs within the planned budget was difficult. We were in the middle of the renovation process when the pandemic hit, during full construction. As this change was “unnecessary”, the delay in our schedule derailed our end date. Fortunately, using strict security protocols, our team kept it healthy and spent the time using virtual inspections and video meetings to our advantage.

The first floor has been restructured, modified and structurally modified. With the walls, the first floor rooms became cohesive and functional. The chef’s kitchen includes a large pantry, plenty of worktop space and storage. In the dining room, the crossbar is enclosed, masking mechanical and structural changes. To keep the home’s history alive, the bench was rebuilt, and the fireplace remained rustic with built-in shelves.

Doors have replaced windows in the living room and now open onto the newly reconstructed balcony, expanding the entertaining space and enhancing the lively design.

before reconfiguring
After reconfiguring

By enclosing the upper porch dormer, the basic bedroom was expanded. New windows have been installed that enhance the lake view from the room.

New stairs and handrails lead to the upper floor, where all three bedrooms have been restructured to include a flexible space/workspace. A laundry room was added upstairs, which is a must for these modern beds. Under the stairs, there is a specially designed nook to easily hide storage. The ability to conceal work, combined with easy-to-maintain materials, has guided many design decisions for this family.

The exterior features a new backsplash, siding, windows, doors and trim, and a design chosen to replicate the home’s historic charm. The new covered deck of the front porch is decorated with new columns, a front door, and decorative millwork.

When costs rose, a basic bathroom remodel was sacrificed to meet the budget. They recently asked us to come back to finish their en-suite bathroom.

In any remodel, especially with such a date, success depends on the results. This remodeled home meets the modern needs of this family while maintaining its charm and peace.

Written by Melissa Irons, Irons Brothers Construction

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