It's amazing what can be done with a bit, or a lot, of wood. You can even float a house on it. It's fun to see what happens when a house is built with walls, doors, and a rooflines that are sloped, arched, and stacked. There's a houseboat on Fairview with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and an asking price of $750,000 that breaks some of the rules. There can't be many 200 year old hand-carved cedar bathtubs in the area, and this area has a lot of cedar. So, this house's tub was built in 1815 - maybe it wasn't made here. Nice to see that one of the sinks matches, because it is made from wood as well.
Downstairs has squared off walls, but the wood ceilings are angled. As you get to the stairs, first one window goes trapezoidal, and the peeled bark stair rail is held up by organic arrangements of metal work. Upstairs, if the walls are square they're wood and the rest have a good chance of being angled, canted, and beveled into a shape that is unique. Throughout, there are stained glass windows, so even the light changes when it comes inside. It would be good to know the square footage, but it's listed as '-'; maybe they're still trying to figure out how to measure it. And the lot size of ~ 1 acre seems a bit grand for a houseboat on a dock in Lake Union. But those are details. Walk through and see if its style fits yours.
· 2019 Fairview Ave E [Estately]
Written by Tom Trimbath