The March issue of Northwest Home was published as an insert in Seattle Magazine, making for a shorter, denser issue with less fluff. One of the most eye-catching features was this spread on a 550-square foot cottage in Ballard, which Tim and Diana Hammer purchased in 1999 and remodeled without adding any square footage. Stunning.
The remodel cost the couple $40,000, and centered around opening up the existing space. In addition to knocking out the wall separating the kitchen, they installed pocket doors to free up the space formerly taken up by the arc of a hinged door.
The bedroom is teeny-tiny, and though the article claims that clothing is stored in closets, we can only imagine that those closets are as small-scale as the house (they weren't pictured — telling).
The Hammers razed and rebuilt a 10'x12' outdoor shed into a freestanding guest room/office using donated materials. We love houses with outbuildings, and while we usually see them as a luxury on a much larger property, we're pretty sure this one gets everyday use.
This project inspired Diana to go back to school for an advanced degree in landscape architecture. She designed the greenery around their house to be as low maintenance as possible, the idea being that the house will someday become a rental. Maybe ours.
Images: Lara Swimmer for Northwest Home