JAMES GUERRERO ARCHITECTS, INC
This Lakewood residence was originally built in the late 50's in a particular style known as Mid-Century Modern, made distinct by its brick walling and wooden details, as well as its blocky form and cubic structure. Over the years, however, this lakefront home seemed more dingy than sharp,and the owners were looking to refresh the original idea of the home, pulling it forward in time without losing its roots in the past.
For this project, we replaced the aging wooden panels and trim with more modern and sharp black metal, using a usually commercial strategy called Storefronting - bringing out the whiteness of the brick. We carried this same aesthetic inside for the interior remodel, opening up the floorplan for added visibility and simplicity, stripping down the shag carpet to show fresh, clean wood. The house also recieved a landscaping updo to match its fresh exterior, unifying the home and the lot for the next half-century.
This residence's remodel was designed around the pool area and the lakeview in the backyard, in order to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds this home. Naturalism was incredibly important to the spirit of this design, and a home that fit seamlessly into both the South Sound region and its lakefront neighborhood were both high aesthetic priorities.
The large windows and french doors allow residents to move freely from inside to outside, the two blurring together under a covered patio and fireplace area, which is both lit with ceiling lights and a skylight, leaving it accessible at night, in wind, rain, or, with the heaters that surround the covered area, even snow.
The wooden accenting on this house ties it with its surrounding pines, the stones bricks moving up out of the flat patio, the tall sloping roofs matching up with the Cascades in the distance. The house has a rustic feel to it, almost reminiscent of a log cabin with all the amenities of modern living.
This remodel opened up the design of this Lake Steilacoom home to the natural beauty that surrounds it, nestling deep into the woods and around the lake.
This covered patio is usable in summer, winter, fall and spring, with a small fireplace off to the side that also warms the master bedroom, allowing for versatile heating. The windows allow for sunlit living spaces and beautiful views of the waterfront, and little sitting areas scattered sporadically around the exterior give off a homey, comfortable aura. An auxilary dwelling unit was the main portion of this remodel, adding a cozy, complete home off the side of the garage.
This project was neither a remodel nor a custom home, but rather, an exact replica of this owner's previous home. The owner had sold the blue tudor-cottage derivative to a developer on the sole condition that they would have an exact duplicate of the home built for them on another lot. We were contracted to design this home, which was instructed to be exact down to the inch.
Despite some slight changes in wall width and ceiling height to keep everything up to modern codes, our redo of this old, sweet home was a perfect mirror of that from before, and once all the furniture and collections were moved in, it was nearly impossible to tell the difference.
This Mercer Island home turned over a more cubist, modern leaf for our firm, where we combined squarism and quite literal blocks to make this design complete inside and out. Tile detailing and stonemasonry on the interior of the home combine it with the exterior as a full experience, the floral decoration adding a bright contrast to the earthy facade.