Karen Braitmayer & Dave Erskine (Architect and Marine Mechanic)
Magnolia — Seattle, Washington
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:
Clean, streamlined, colorful, a place for everything
Classic mid-century furnishings mixed with eclectic pieces
Toss up between the master bath shower and my mixer shelf
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!
How much is shoved in the few closets and drawers we have. With no basement or attic, storage is at a premium.
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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