The 3 L’s: Location, Light, & Lot

When a view sells you on a house, that likely means there is still work to be done. For Julie & Brandon they bought their 1918 bungalow in 2013 and were actually scared of the unfinished basement. The unfinished basement is what scared a lot of other buyers away from the house and they were able to capitalize on that fact.

Julie & Brandon’s house sits on the top of Queen Anne’s western slope, which is what gives the house such great views. The slope is also the reason the basement renovation was not your average bear. The basement had multiple levels and a home-job patchwork of finishes. Even before moving into the house Julie & Brandon had ideas on how they could manage the various levels of the basement and build out a laundry room, bedroom, bathroom, family room, and storage space. Once they moved into the house the next hurdle was for Julie, she was now entering into the world of contractor and renovation management.

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Simply Tudor

When Mark and Keiley Ostrow took ownership of their Seattle home in early 2002 it was a post 9/11 world. Seattle was feeling the effects of 9/11 in the form of Boeing layoffs; nearly 30,000 people were expected to lose their jobs.

The field of aviation was also making headline news when the Ostrows’ home was originally built in 1925. In April of 1924 a team of aviators left Seattle in an attempt to make the United States the first country to circumnavigate the world. The Douglas World Cruiser circumnavigation took 175 days. The Douglas Aircraft Company created a commemorative logo for the successful circumnavigation; Boeing later adapted the logo for their use in 1997.

In the 1920’s Tudor Revival styles were recognizable by their simple, rustic, and medieval cottage characteristics. After World War I the United States saw a surge of revivalist styles. In Seattle, real estate speculators built revivalist style homes to give neighborhoods an instant nostalgic spirit.

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