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Seattle Architect starts “The BIG VIEW House”

The “CTA Builds” division of our design-build company recently started construction on a very large remodel and second story addition here in Seattle. The owners are a young family that purchased this small, 1950s home in a neighborhood overlooking Lake Washington. Wanting much more space, and to maximize the full potential of a thrilling 180 degree view, we’re adding a full second story and roof deck, along with a complete remodel of the existing structure. It’s going to be quite the architectural transformation! Join us for a week-by-week report on the process of designing and building a virtually new home! It’s a perfect example of an architect led design build project. We’ll be posting regular blogs on the architectural process, from preliminary concepts, through design development, materials selections, and permitting. We’ll also post reports from the field as the carpenters build the house and its form takes shape. Last week we watched

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Part 4 of “Mid-Century Magic!” By Seattle Architects - CTA Design Builders

In this last installment of the 4-part miniseries, Julie Campbell, AIA, one of the principal Architects here at CTA, offers additional insights and suggestions for embracing and enhancing the Mid-Century Modern Architectural Style. The topic of today’s post is:  BATH REMODELS and STORAGE SOLUTIONS – it’s personal. We’ve talked about Mid-Century history, design elements worth cherishing, exteriors, interiors, and the most used room in the house – The Kitchen. This issue, we will tackle the more intimate areas of the remodeled home: Bathrooms and… storage space. The original bathrooms in houses of the ‘50s and ‘60s are really tiny by today’s standards… And dark! Wherever possible, we try to find an extra few feet by encroaching into other areas of the house, but often this just isn’t feasible. So here are a few tips that can make your bathroom feel more spacious, light-filled and luxurious. The main trick is to keep the space simple.

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Seattle Architects perform Mid-Century Magic! PART 3 (A mini-series)

Part 3 of the series featuring Julie Campbell, one of the Architects at CTA Design Builders Inc., focusing on Mid-Century design and architectural history. She has given lectures on this topic around the region. This series of four articles will discuss strategies for remodeling your Mid-Century home in ways that respect the original architectural intention, capture the contemporary appreciation for Mid-Century design and integrate those classic elements with today’s modern lifestyle. With a little contemporizing and a healthy respect for Mid-Century style, you can give your home another 50 great years!  Remodeling Strategies for Mid-Century Homes: The Kitchen  The first two issues gave some architectural history behind this radically different housing style known as Mid-Century design, and an overview of typical architectural features. We went on to offer suggestions for appropriate exterior and interior improvements. This issue will focus on Kitchens. CTA Design Builders remodels many homes of this style, so we’ve become

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Seattle Architects perform Mid-Century Magic! (PART 2 of the mini-series)

Part 2 of the series featuring: Julie Campbell, one of the Architects at CTA Design Builders Inc., specializing in Mid-Century design and architectural history. She has given lectures on this topic around the region. This series of four articles will discuss strategies for remodeling your Mid-Century home in ways that respect the original architectural intention, capture the contemporary appreciation for Mid-Century design and integrate those classic elements with today’s modern lifestyle. With a little contemporizing and a healthy respect for Mid-Century style, you can give your home another 50 great years!  Remodeling Strategies for Mid-Century INTERIORS Previously, we discussed how Mid-Century homes are enjoying a great surge of renewed appreciation these days; many home-owners are remodeling in a very contemporary manner, but keeping the mid-century “bones” intact for their inherent architectural appeal. This is the second article of four that will discuss strategies for remodeling a Mid-Century home. So

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