This wasn’t their first new home project together, however they were expecting it to be their last. Mike and Kelly Yukevich broke ground on 1811 8th Ave W in 2009 while living in North Queen Anne.
As a Co-Founder of Shilshole Development, 2009 was also the year that Mike’s company completed The Residences at Nob Hill in Queen Anne at 2209 Nob Hill Ave N. With a goal to harmonize with the neighboring homes, Architect Michael G. Dooley (1962-2014) also designed the Yukevich’s personal residence on 8th Ave W with a similar intention. Box beam ceilings, division of space by column topped half-walls, white trim work, bay windows, and subterranean garages are found at both Nob Hill and 8th Ave W.
The current home at 8th Ave W replaced a deteriorated craftsman that was owned for most of its life by John G. Barr. Remaining from the original home is the Deodar cedar tree, which became a certified Heritage Tree in 2011. With a diameter of 44 inches, the towering cedar is considered a divine tree by some cultures and is the national tree of Pakistan.
Meandering past the Heritage Tree to the gracefully low front porch you are welcomed into a beautifully appointed entry. A surprising two-story grand hall pulls you into the house after passing the front den with it’s own fireplace and built-ins. A decked out half bath, and an intimate formal dining room are also to your right. By this point, if you hadn’t already taken off your shoes, you would want to once you made it to the comfortable and open living room and kitchen.
With another gas fireplace roaring in the living room and music playing over the whole house sound system, it’s easy to imagine entertaining friends. Smartly situated off of the living room is a covered porch where you can dine al fresco, rain or shine. Not to be outdone by the other living spaces on the main floor, the porch has its own gas fireplace and a built in gas grill. The back of the house enjoys expansive views of Magnolia, the Sound, and the Olympic Mountains.
Move upstairs to the master suite, fitted with an extra wide walk-in closet, an oversized bathroom with a double shower, and an office with built-ins. You will find yourself gravitate towards the king size bed which provides the best position to see sweeping views and another gas fireplace. This level also has two bedrooms at the front of the house, a bathroom with double sinks, and a well-placed laundry room.
Have company staying for the holidays? Send them up another flight of stairs to the top level. Cathedral ceilings, two bedrooms, a bathroom, its own living room… and of course, unrivaled views – your guests will feel right at home.
With the intention of growing into this house, the Yukevich’s had the lowest level designed to flex with their needs. Currently, the lowest level has a full bathroom and a bonus room with French doors leading to the terraced back yard. However, this level also has a two bedroom 1,000 square foot ADU that is currently rented. The design of the basement allows for one of the ADU bedrooms to easily switch and become a part of the main house, or the entire ADU can be recaptured. Entry to the separated ADU is from the back yard. The yard sits on top of an oversized 3-car garage that is accessed from a dead end alley.
With built in sound and security systems, video cameras, multiple on-demand hot water tanks, dual high-efficiency furnaces, and a built-in sprinkler system, the Yukevich’s did not forget to add the luxury of modern living even though the goal was to harness the charm of the neighborhood and design an elegant and astute home.
Photo Credit: Clarity Northwest Photography