Whimsy and modern don’t often go hand-in-hand in the last couple of decades of construction in Seattle, which tends to favor clean lines, efficient floorplans, and finishes that blend in. This home was built in 2002 with a boxy design that’s become standard, but since then, it’s grown into anything but.
But it’s what happened to the home since then that helps it stand out. A shipwright and designer couple moved in and really made the place their own, with colorful finishes and accents, thoughtful renovations, and a few showier features. A small mother-in-law studio with its own kitchen and sleeping nook was carved out of the lower level in addition to the three bedrooms the home already had. The garage has also been transformed—it’s now a kind of flex space that’s served as a den and an art studio, although it’s still functional as a garage if need be.
One of the biggest standouts, though, is the outdoor party palace on the rooftop, complete with a barrel sauna, large hot tub, dining area, and fireplace.
To be fair, the home already had a leg up over similarly designed houses, with a design by Graham Baba Architects that creates plenty of open, flexible space with skylights to keep it nice and airy.
4606 Whitman Ave N is on the market for $1.3 million through 360 Modern.