A spec tear down and rebuild in the depths of the Recession
New House on Existing Foundation
Francis Zera Photography
At the depth of the 2008 recession, an intrepid young developer bought a vacant eyesore in one of Seattle’s long established neighborhoods, and asked us to design a new house to sit on the existing foundation. Because the footprint was long and narrow, we introduced a raised cabinet “wall” to divide the main floor living spaces from a hall to a bath and guest room. This allowed the space to feel wider, flowing over and under the cabinet, and helped make the open living-dining-kitchen plan feel comfortable and generous. We also added a new second floor with three generous bedrooms and two baths. Even in the worst real estate market in memory, this house had multiple offers the first weekend it was listed, proving that there is always a demand for thoughtful, well-designed contemporary homes.