You often hear about a house being really well built, and that was definitely the case with this remodeled 1908 Craftsman. But “well built” and “well laid out” are two entirely different things. “The whole way it was set up prevented you from having any connection to the view over Ballard, a really cute neighborhood in Seattle,” says architect and designer Charlene Wilson, of Portal Design, “or any connection whatsoever to the backyard.”
Wilson says that a lot of the inspiration for the house came from the lifestyle in Palm Springs, California. The homeowners have a vacation house there, and Wilson spent time with them in the desert and went to events during the city’s annual Modernism Week.
One of the things they all love about Palm Springs is the ability to live indoors and out, not something you can typically do in Seattle. “The sense of being able to flow from indoors to outdoors was one of the main drivers in renovating this house,” says Wilson.
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