Finne Architects have completed a renovation project of a 1950’s Northwest Lake Forest Park contemporary house while retaining the house’s original spirit. The modern home seems to be a glass pavilion in the forest since extensive new windows and glazed roof monitors are incorporated to the building.

Modern House Renovation

Modern House Renovation

Exterior Glass Windows

Exterior Glass Windows

Modern Home Exterior Glass Walls

Modern Home Exterior Glass Walls

The renovated house now has a spacious atmosphere, combining the main living and dining space into one area with slight partitions. To bring soft natural light to the entire space, a new roof monitor with high windows is added. Kitchen is enlarged with continuous windows extending directly to the counter level. Counters are made in quartz and cast-glass.

Contemporary Wooden Interior Design

Contemporary Wooden Interior Design

Wooden Interior Furnishings

Wooden Interior Furnishings

The existing hemlock ceiling with exposed fir beams in roughly half the house has been retained, and new fir ceilings have been added to the remainder of the house. The existing terrazzo flooring has been re-finished, with new areas of terrazzo added in a complementary color.

Interior Dining Room Furnishing

Interior Dining Room Furnishing

Wooden Kitchen Storage Design

Wooden Kitchen Storage Design

Consistent with the original simplicity and clarity of the house, a palette of new materials has been added to create powerful juxtapositions of texture and color, allowing each material to benefit from adjacent contrasting surfaces. Casework consists primarily of cherry panels some panels are smooth while others have been milled with a CNC (computer numeric controlled) router to make a texture evocative of “woven wood”.

Bedroom Interior Glass Walls

Bedroom Interior Glass Walls

Contemporary Wooden Bedroom Interior

Contemporary Wooden Bedroom Interior

A 30-foot long accent wall adjacent to the dining and kitchen areas has been clad entirely in weathered steel panels. Suspended casework on the steel wall utilizes either resin panels with natural grasses or textured cherry wood, both materials set against the variegated umber colors of the steel.

Bathroom Interior with Natural View

Bathroom Interior with Natural View

Modern Kitchen Interior Furnishings

Modern Kitchen Interior Furnishings

Sustainable design practices were integral to the project from the start. Radiant heating under terrazzo flooring has created an even heat source with maximum energy efficiency. High clerestory windows bring natural light deep into the house and motorized operators allow for venting during summer months. Many green materials like resin panels, quart counters, linoleum, low VOC paint, and sustainable wood products were used in the project.

Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

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