Art in the Kitchen


This spectacular shaping of creative spaces adds the perfect kitchen for a master baker, a studio for her love of dance, playful passageways for her two dogs, and open airy spaces to relax and enjoy beautiful courtyard landscape views.

Artisan’s Kitchen and Dance Studio

An extensive renovation breathes new life into this 1906 built home in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Combined with the previously completed dance studio, this renewed home harmoniously frames a landscaped courtyard.  Glassy, light-filled spaces now look out to a colorful garden, providing a tranquil retreat within the city.

Home to a creative artisanal baker, this renovation celebrates her joy of baking with a remarkable sun-washed kitchen.  A chalkboard wall for measurement notes, built-in filing cabinets, glowing glass pantries, and ample counters make this a delightful space for any recipe.

A full description and project images are posted on our website: - Artisan’s Kitchen


The enclosure of this newly formed courtyard is created by a small dance studio opposite the home.  From the courtyard, the studio’s scale is a pleasant illusion; it sits atop a full height garage completely hidden from view. We will be featuring the dance studio, also designed to function as an accessory dwelling unit, in a later newsletter. 

Steel and ipe — an incredibly resilient wood — wrap the glass facade below a new balcony.  Rain water is celebrated with an expressive scupper, splashing into a basalt water feature below.

An integrated dog door allows two french bulldogs to come and go as they please.  A matted surface inside the tunnel cleans their feet before entering the home.

Perched above a stairway, this Japanese soaking tub offer respite for a hard-working creative baker.  A frosted glass panel slides open, providing views to the courtyard landscape beyond.


General Contractor Renovation: Dyna Contracting
General Contractor Dance Studio: DLH Contracting
Stonework, Hardscape, and Earth-Form: Winchester Stone & Legler Stone
Plantings: Peter Lavignino
Photography: Jordan Inman & Kyle Kinney

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2300 W. Commodore Way | Suite 201 | Seattle, WA | 98199

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