Renovation, Interiors

Working on this 1966 Ralph Anderson design was both a dream project and a challenge for owner and architect Steve Hoedemaker and his husband Tommy Swenson. The architectural DNA of the home relates directly to details developed at Paul Kirk’s office, where Ralph worked with Steve’s father David Hoedemaker. The project began with a reverence that allowed the house itself to serve as design inspiration.

After over 50 years of service, there were a few areas that showed wear; this created an opportunity to open up the home and take renewed advantage of the surrounding nature and water views. For example, a flip of the plan of the original primary bathroom gave every part of the space a great view of the Puget Sound, where previously there was little contact. Tommy and Steve appreciated the level of finish in the living areas and wanted to elevate the kitchen, bedroom, bath, and outdoor kitchen to the same level while taking more advantage of the light and views throughout the home.

The front entry makes a bold statement with its tall, impressive design, featuring expansive glass windows that flood the space with natural light.
As you enter, cedar-clad walls embrace you, complemented by playful lighting from the skylight, casting warm, inviting shadows against the wood paneling.
Gazing back at the grand entry, the cedar-paneled walls and ceiling paired with vintage Heath ceramic tile evoke a true mid-century gem
The living space, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and patio access, feels like a glass box nestled in the trees. Inside or out, the panoramic view is breathtaking.
The library/office is cozy and practical with built-in shelving and storage. A collection of books and artifacts lines the entire wall, reflecting the owner's travels and studies.
The side table and couch in the library/office are captured in detail, showcasing their design and texture, adding to the room's cozy and practical atmosphere.
The library/office features a gallery wall of photographs hung on a brick wall, adding a personal touch and enhancing the room's character.
The bedroom showcases a handsome navy grass cloth wall covering, complemented by a new window design that allows for a cross breeze, enhancing comfort

The “Therapy” sign above the primary bed is a thrifted find by Steve and Tommy from many years ago — it was originally used on the set of Northern Exposure, a CBS comedy set in small-town Alaska that ran in the first half of the 1990s. The homeowners took to it as an element of whimsey, and it has traveled with them ever since.

The bedside table vignette blends texture, pattern, leather, cast brass sculpture, vintage signage, and cozy textiles to create a rich and inviting display.

In the primary bath, a steam shower, Japanese Ofuro soaking tub, toilet, and vanities all look out toward the water. The Ofuro tub is something the owners had dreamed of for many years, and working with a manufacturer in Alaska, the tub was designed to fit perfectly into this alcove. It was installed over a shower pan so the water could overflow the rim of the tub, allowing a truly deep bath experience.

A serene retreat: bath with steam shower, Japanese Ofuro tub, and views of the water. Designed for deep relaxation and luxurious bathing experience.
Luxurious bath with Japanese Ofuro tub overlooking water. Unique design allows tub to overflow for deep, immersive bathing experience.

The kitchen is separate from the dining and living areas, so it was critical that it could itself become a place to entertain. Whether it is just the owners having a meal at the bar, or a group of friends sitting in the window seat for a cocktail—the kitchen had to be both highly functional and a great place to hang out. It was reoriented to provide a bar and window seat for socializing, while maintaining a dedicated work zone that overlooks the Salish Sea. HenryBuilt cabinets offer a high level of finish, functionality, and integration for two ovens, two refrigerators, and lots of storage.

Kitchen renovation maximizes functionality and socializing. HenryBuilt cabinets, bar seating, and stunning Puget Sound views create a perfect entertaining space.
The kitchen's new bar seating offers a social hub, with a view into the garden. JH limestone paint adds texture to the ceiling,

The idea of a window seat in the kitchen heavily contributed to the impetus for the remodel in the first place— the homeowners envisioned a space where you can comfortably sit in the garden while engaging the kitchen. Whether snuggling with dogs in front of the TV or grabbing a bite – this is the spot.

The kitchen's window seat was a key redesign element, offering a cozy spot to enjoy the garden, TV, or a meal, envisioned by the homeowners.

The outdoor kitchen’s limited functionality, resulting from an older remodel, was remedied by opening the space and adding a significant window to the view. The swing doors and windows bring a final layer of ease, making it into a space that works great for catering, parties, or making meals by the pool.

Swing doors and windows create an ideal space for entertaining or poolside meals, complemented by gorgeous stools from Furniture Maroles.
A natural palette of deep green, charcoal stone, and warm cedar paneling creates a handsome outdoor bar for grabbing a drink.
Exterior shot showcasing the main house and entry. Impressive landscaping and large decks make the exterior as striking as the interior.
The large raised deck offers impressive views and features nods to Asian design and architecture.

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