The owners of a dated, flat-roofed rambler on Mercer Island near Seattle had to do a serious assessment as to whether it would be better to remodel their existing home or move. In the end, the location, as well as a good foundation and footprint allowed the remodel project to go forward. To say that this home had a dramatic change is quite an understatement.
There was nothing to save of the main floor, so it was demolished down to the plywood. From there, two new floors were built that added a reworked Great Room and a generous Master Suite upstairs. There is even a private view deck with an indoor-outdoor fireplace at the top level.
One unique design consideration was the location of the garage which had to remain due to the fact that it was encroaching into the front yard. The challenge was to create an inviting entry walkway to the front door which is hidden from the street.