Inside, the couple wanted two distinct spaces, a common sleeping space and great room “where we would cook, eat, play and lounge,” says Merkel. For the great room, Carter says, it was important to keep everything, from appliances to cabinets, scaled to fit the space and simple—not a lot of ornate detail—to keep visual clutter at bay.
Special consideration was needed, however, in designing the navigation from the great room to the upstairs sleeping area. “A ladder to a loft with toddlers was not going to work,” says Merkel. That meant designing a regular stairwell to connect the two levels. Doing so in a 620-square-foot space was a challenge. To save space, Carter turned structural elements of the staircase into exposed detail. “What turned out to be kind of a bugger to work out from a design standpoint turned out to be just a beautiful feature of this little house, to get every square inch of it used up,” says Carter. “There’s ease of movement to the whole cabin.”
Photograph by Ed Sozinho. The stairs lead to a bright upstairs bedroom with a treetop view.
The stairwell’s woodwork is one of Charles’ favorite elements, and it connects the new home to the site’s history. “We salvaged the studs from our 100-year-old garage and utilized that wood for the stair screen. I feel like a part of our old house continues being useful. The fir for the stair treads was salvaged by a friend from a tear-down on Queen Anne. I like that we get to see the wood every day,” he says.
The home serves as an urban oasis, with views of trees and greenery, while still being very much in the city, and its owners are looking forward to moving into the place as construction on their main home gets underway. Says Merkel, “The interior details came together so well—we have the individual spaces we needed, yet it feels very open and full of light.”
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