Just a year ago, the Chinook House in Matthews Beach was an plain, standard basement rambler from the 1970s—despite its relatively large size, just stunningly unexceptional. But looking at the before photos from when it was listed in the spring, the effect is jarring. It’s really hard to believe it’s the same house.
Since March, home renovators House Healers have been hard at work bringing this house to life, installing salvaged materials of local and historical significance and turning the house into a serene, indoor-outdoor estate. It even starts at the front gate, which was originally built in 19th-century India—nicely framing a walkway anchored by a fountain built from a planter salvaged from a Medina home.
Inside, what were previously low, popcorn ceilings in an open-concept kitchen, living room, and dining area have been torn out to reveal the natural roof shape, with windows reaching into the roof’s peak. Hardwood floors were polished from Puyallup High School’s bleachers. Millwork was upcycled from a bowling alley. Atomic-aesthetic pendant lights came from Everett’s First United Methodist Church.
The doors to a powder room and a pantry are especially distinct, taken from a bank vault and a commercial kitchen, respectively.
A door off the kitchen leads to the upper level of the home’s outdoor living, with a cedar deck connecting to an elevated walkway winding through the home’s upper gardens.
The main floor is also home to three bedrooms, including a master with an astonishingly detailed en-suite bath: round the corner from a vanity made from a midcentury dresser and a walk-in shower with a marbleized look to a bath made from a former salmon holding tank, topped by a large skylight.
In the lower-level den, past closet doors salvaged from a ship’s refrigerator, a fireplace wall has been covered in a mosaic of sequoia shingles and LEDs. On this floor, two more bedrooms include one with a shōji-screen closet, and a shower is lined with tiles salvaged from a Seattle Facebook office.
Off the den, the lower level has its own cedar deck, staggered slightly with the one above. Stone pathways lead down through a lawn to a patio—and eventually to Thornton Creek.
For a more comprehensive tour through the home’s materials, check out the video below.
The Chinook House is listed for $1.7 million.
- Chinook House [EK Group/Windermere]