A client who J & M worked with several times referred the owners of a North Beacon Hill home built in 1924 to J & M Remodel. The homeowners contacted us to discuss a significant addition and renovation to their home. As their family grew over the years, the homeowners realized that they needed more space in their Seattle home. Deciding to stay in the house and remodeling instead of moving was an easy choice. Their home location is near downtown Seattle and is close to excellent parks and schools.
After accepting the project, we learned that J & M would be working with Atelier Drome, a Seattle-based architectural firm. Teaming with Atelier Drome again was pleasant news. J & M partnered with Atelier Drome on several challenging projects.
The Beacon Hill project’s major work item was adding a bump-out of the home’s complete back end that increased the house’s square footage. The bump-out includes an extensive remodel of the kitchen, a downstairs kitchenette, another bathroom, and a hobby area. A new, large deck off the bump-out completed the requirements for that part of the project.
The J & M crew overcame several challenges during the project. The biggest challenge was that the project required below-grade—below ground level—excavation. The excavation was necessary before framing the addition could begin.
While the bump-out addition is the centerpiece of the project, the design included more updates. J & M also remodeled a full bath and a master bath as part of this project. The remodel also includes new flooring, an inset tile to hardwood transition, staircase, desk nook, and a butler’s pantry.
If you’re interested in seeing other projects based on Atelier Drome designs that J & M built, please click to read about an extensive home remodel on Mercer Island and to read about a tiny house remodel in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.
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Before J & M Remodel could begin converting this 1,000 square foot basement into a useable bonus and game room, the J & M Remodel team had to identify and correct water issues that the existing sump pump could not handle. The J & M Remodel team installed a second, larger sump pump along with a battery backup system to ensure that any water that entered the basement would be pumped out even during a power outage.
The J & M Remodel team took another approach to preventing and mitigating water issues in the basement: waterproof LVP flooring. The waterproof LVP floor installation fully covers the room, including the basement wall. The J & M Remodel team used a strip of molding to hide the transition. The extension of the waterproof LVP flooring in this way means that if a water issue arises, the problem can be remedied easily.
The basement layout remains essentially the same. Two of the walls were enhanced with the addition of storage cabinets. A small table was added to a freestanding support beam that had to remain in the room. The table adds extra seating and better aesthetics to that part of the basement. A new granite countertop and backsplash updated the kitchenette along the back wall of the room. The granite countertop features a unique matte leather finish. Additional can lighting and trim were installed throughout, and the soft greige paint finish that the J & M Remodel team applied to the walls was light enough to brighten and warm the feel of the basement. Finally, the placement of the furniture and games in the room completed this excellent retreat suitable for all ages.
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J & M Remodel worked with our clients’ Seattle-based architectural firm Atelier Drome to bring our clients’ vision for their Mercer Island home to life. The large, mid-century home, built in 1957, was a former investment property that had not been updated since then, and needed a great deal of work. J & M Remodel met with the architects and clients to fine tune the design and budget for a several months before settling on the final design implementation.
The home’s original compartmentalized layout was typical of 1950s-era construction. J & M Remodel assigned Matt Gallwey as project manager for this extensive home remodel. Matt and his team began by opening the home’s layout. In fact, the J & M Remodel team almost gutted the three-thousand square foot home. Extensive work on the exterior began as well. All the home’s mechanical systems were updated or replaced, including installation of a Ductless Mini Split system throughout.
A few design elements that were updated include painting the paneling on the ceiling of the great room and adding a beam with conduit to accommodate a large fan and can lighting.
The remodeled kitchen is aesthetically clean, with minimalistic finishes, after existing walls were removed to incorporate the entire living area into one great room.
The new master suite layout includes a large closet, and the en suite bath features a walk-in shower and a separate water closet.
Reconfiguring the basement of the home created a more open flow and includes an interior area for a quaint in-home office.
Along with remodeling the kitchen, three bathrooms, and reconfiguring the basement, the J & M Remodel team updated the interior of the home, including new flooring, paint, and millwork throughout. The J & M Remodel team replaced all interior doors, stairs, and banisters as well.
The extensive exterior work on the home includes new siding and paint, new windows, new roof and gutters, concrete work, and a new garage and front doors.
This mid-century home was completely transformed into a beautiful, functional home for our clients. The customizations and value-add that resulted from this complete home remodel confirms that our clients’ decision to renovate the home was the best choice to fit their lifestyle.
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Transformation From Shed to Tiny House
Our client had an existing outbuilding—essentially a shed with a living area—on his property, in the Upper Queen Anne area of Seattle. Rents in this area can fetch a premium, and our client wanted to transform this space in order to offer the carriage house as a short-term rental. A property like this one is sometimes referred to as an Accessory Dwelling Unit—#ADU—or a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit—#DADU. J & M Remodel worked with the Seattle based architectural design firm Atelier Drome for the project design and best use of the space. The addition of a kitchenette was a critical need. Despite the limited amount of available space, we were able to incorporate the necessary utilities necessary for a well appointed short-term rental property. The bathroom space was maximized by way of an enclosed glass shower. Existing wood paneling was salvaged from the interior demolition of the original structure, and was reused to incorporate a warm, rustic feel. We added a sleeping loft accessed via a modular ladder along with skylights and additional custom windows to match the existing home.
Basement Bathroom Addition
Our client’s second project was a finished basement that was to incorporate a kitchen, bath, and laundry area. However, due to budget restraints, we agreed to complete the bathroom addition in the first phase of the project. However, the J & M Remodel team was able to rough-in the electrical and plumbing for the kitchen and laundry rooms, so when the client’s budget permits, the remainder of the project will go smoothly, without any rework. As you can see from the photos below, the bathroom addition turned out beautifully. The use of a light gray and white color scheme really helped to brighten the basement area. The walk-in shower features a custom-built bench and recessed niches that offer a luxurious feel while adding to the practicality of the smaller space for the bathroom. The classic look of Carrara marble will stand the test of time and is period-correct with the home. The herringbone layout of the flooring offers a nice modern pop to the overall look of the space.
As the J & M Remodel team worked steadily around our client’s home to complete the Carriage House and basement bathroom projects, our client asked if we could tackle one more room. The main house guest bathroom included only a powder bath with a small vanity and toilet. The bathroom has direct access from the guest bedroom, and needed a shower as well. The J & M Remodel team found that there was quite a bit of wasted space that could be reused. The enabled the J & M Remodel team to add a stand up glass-enclosed shower without having to change the overall footprint of the bathroom. Classic white subway tiles were used for the bathroom wall, and complementary hexagon tiles were used for the shower pan. The J & M Remodel team replaced the existing vanity with a small white vanity with a quartz countertop that ties in well with the white shower.
J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom, and a pet friendly pool deck, for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel. The couple and their chocolate Lab Turf were featured in the 2017 season. Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC). Turf’s job is to keep birds off of the field while Sergio attends to the condition of the Seahawks practice field.
After a hard day at work, Turf is smelly and dirty, and needs a bath. The existing bathroom was cramped and not well equipped for washing a large dog. In addition, the indoor and outdoor space in the home wasn’t very dog friendly, nor was the yard conducive to having neighbors over for backyard gatherings.
Enter the Animal Cribs crew. J & M remodel was contacted by Animal Cribs with the agreement of the homeowners to oversee the implementation of the design in order to address the requirements for the spa-like bathroom, laundry room relocation, and the outdoor deck aspects of the project. As a result, Turf now enjoys a larger shower where his owners can bathe him more easily, and the backyard now features a deck area for relaxing after work with neighbor friends and their dogs.
The full episode of Animal Cribs on Animal Planet that features J & M Remodel can be viewed here.
The first J & M employee can be seen at around the 9:50 point of the episode. Construction of the new shower starts at the 13:50 point. J & M can also be seen at the 19:38 point, and the deck and pool materials arrive at 31:05. The final results are shown to the customers at the 33:09 point, with the Bathroom at 35:16, and the deck and back yard at 36:29.
As you’ll hear in the customer’s reactions during the reveal portion of the show, they are very happy with their new bathroom and deck. Sergio also left a review about this project on Houzz that you can read here.
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J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom and a pet friendly pool deck for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel during the 2017 season. The couple's Chocolate Lab Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton. Read more about the project and view the TV episode.