Name: Karen Braitmayer & Dave Erskine (Architect and Marine Mechanic)
Location: Magnolia — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 15 — owned since 1996
Working alongside Röm Architecture Studio, fellow architect Karen Braitmayer's goal was to make her family's Seattle home functional, user-friendly, and comfortable — while accommodating daily accessibility needs for two wheelchair users. The home's 1954 MCM roots evolved into a home of today — lived-in with very specific personal requirements, desires and tastes. The renovation's result: an open-air stunner!
Rather than adding any square footage, the two architects instead utilized previously unused space for accessibility features such as open knee spaces, a side-opening oven, pull-out cabinets, and various sliding doors. The renovations read just as beautiful as they are multi-functional: the curbless shower, varying installation types/heights for bathroom vanities, and streamlined curbless exterior entries and doors, all add to the home's stunning flow and purposeful living.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Clean, streamlined, colorful, a place for everything
Inspiration: Classic mid-century furnishings mixed with eclectic pieces
Favorite Element: Toss up between the master bath shower and my mixer shelf
Biggest Challenge: Our family consists of two wheelchair users of different statures and one standing adult. How to accommodate everyone's reach and comfort zone was the big puzzle.
What Friends Say: What an amazing view!
Biggest Embarrassment: How much is shoved in the few closets and drawers we have. With no basement or attic, storage is at a premium.
Biggest Indulgence: Our new powered window blinds — remote controlled means no more climbing.
Resources of Note:
• Floor: clear-stained red oak
• Cabinets: clear-stained white oak
• Countertops: honed Cambrian black granite
• Windows: Lindal
• Exterior doors: Marvin
• Interior doors: Simpson
• Door levers: Baldwin
• Sliding door, pulls: Omnia
• Sliding door, edge pulls: Reveal Designs
• Cabinet pulls: Mockett
• Paint: Benjamin Moore
• Sink: custom stainless steel by Kollmar Sheet Metal
• Faucet: Kohler
• Oven: Fagor
• Refrigerator: KitchenAid
• Cooktop: Fisher
• Dishwasher: Miele
• Tile: Ann Sacks
• Light fixtures: Progress Lighting (paintable dropped cans)
• Shower drain: Quickdrain
• Toilet: Toto
• Sinks: Duravit
• Sink faucets: Cifial
• Shower heads: Hansgrohe
• Shower controls: Cifial
• Tile: Statements
• Sink: Dick's Restaurant Supply
• Faucet: Kohler
• Floor: Marmoleum
Thanks, Karen & Dave!
Design: Röm Architecture Studio
Images: Kathryn Barnard
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