Toward that end, the couple engaged local firm J.A.S. Design Build
. As part of a first-floor remodel, they bumped out the rear exterior wall 9 feet to reconfigure what had been a galley kitchen with a dining room on one side and a breakfast nook on the other. The enlarged former dining space was allotted for a family hangout, anchored by a streamlined plaster-coated fireplace. Bench seats flank the hearth, and floor-to-ceiling built-ins offer all the storage Ian, Betina, and sons Owen, 15, and Anders, 13, need. For extra coziness, new windows that face the neighbors were done in frosted privacy glass. A palette of earthy golds and greens, with touches of natural wood, adds to the warm look.
“We’re all busy with work, school, sports, and friends, so it’s crucial to connect daily, and this is where we do it,” Betina says. Adds Ian, “If our family room could absorb laughter, it would be bursting at the seams!”
Shown: At about 230 square feet, the new family room area abuts relocated dining space in the open plan. Built-in furniture packs a lot of function—and storage. The gas fireplace is a welcome addition in soggy Seattle.
Fireplace: Heat & Glo
Fireplace tile: Exquisite Surfaces
Ceiling light: Rejuvenation
Design, construction, and custom cabinetry: J.A.S. Design Build, Seattle
Paint: Russian Olive (built-ins), C2 Paints