Mid-Century Sanctuary House

A minimalist and soothing aesthetic, CTA Design Builders created the Mid-Century Sanctuary House to provide a retreat-like experience within the busy city of Seattle.

  • area / size 2,700 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Type House,
  • Remodeling this 50’s rambler entailed refreshing the main floor, plus an addition of a second story Master Suite; all designed in a minimalist aesthetic to heighten the lush, retreat-like experience of the site. Diffuse light floods in from high windows, filtering in and around open spaces, and through frosted glass wall panels. The result is serene and meditative – perfect for this bedroom aerie, and befitting the new-found beauty of this mid-century classic.

    The existing house was a classic mid-century structure: a big overhanging roof with exposed beams, large expanses of windows, and a richness of wood interior finishes. However the floor plan was chopped-up and inefficient, needing aggressive reworking, especially to insert a staircase to the new second floor. CTA Design Builders took clues from the best mid-century features of the house, designing a second story addition that repeated the roof form, structural features and expanses of glass to ensure that the addition enhanced the lovely nestled-into-the-landscape presence that this house exuded.

    Design: CTA Design Builders
    Photography: Michael Cole, Ed Sozinho