A Craftsman in Mount Baker Gets a New (Old) Look

by hookedonhouses on September 21, 2012

This house was built in 1912 in Mount Baker, an urban neighborhood of Seattle known for its Craftsman-style houses and popular biennial Home Tour. As you can see, she was a Plain Jane with the front door kind of hidden on one side of the house and shutters that weren’t right for the period or style.

But it underwent an extensive reno this year and looks beautiful now. Take a look:

Wow. Right? I love that new front porch. They had to pretty much strip everything down to the bones and start over.

Meredith from the real estate company Heaton Dainard sent me these photos and explains, “Our selling agent Jason Howdeshell researches thousands of properties in Seattle each week to find houses that are uninhabitable or severely outdated but located in a coveted area that can be renovated and put back on the market.”

They wanted to maintain the look of the period, so they included plenty of moldings and built-ins that were long gone.

“The rehab and funding was managed entirely by Will Heaton and James Dainard, and the entire process took under 6 months.”

Katie Kepler is the listing agent for the property, which was listed for $949,000. It went on the market last week and is already pending.

The views don’t hurt, either:

Visit Heaton Dainard for more photos and information.

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P.S. Here’s another project of theirs I flipped for:

Renovating a Small House from the 1920s

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laney September 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

…oh my goodness…perfect…blessings laney

65andcounting September 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

Perfection. They had me at the front door. Not only is the renovation gorgeous, but whoever staged it for the photos did a great job.

I would love to have a house where I could do that criss-cross ceiling treatment in the living room (I don’t know the design term for it). It makes the room.

Would they care to share with us how much the reno cost?

Congrats to those “pending” new owners. Lucky.

Mary Ellen September 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

Perfection! I am wondering what paint color was used in the bedrooms and bathroom. I looks like what I used in my bathroom. If not the same, still loved it.

Mary Ellen September 21, 2012 at 7:36 am

Again, perfection. The paint color in the bedrooms and bathrooms looks like the same I used in mine. If not, I still love it. Maryellen

Dianne September 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

I would love to know the paint colors used in the house too. So bright and happy.

isaida September 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

I love this house! Everything about it. Great remodel!

House Crazy Sarah September 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

They did an amazing job! Great house in a great location. I’m kind of sad though that there was no original features left to work with. But they did a bang-on job with the old shell they were given!

Janice September 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

Beautiful. I usually don’t like Craftsmen inside because of all the dark, dreary wood. But this one has the wood painted, and it is so much brighter and fresher. I wonder what it looked like originally. You can see where there were two upstairs windows, and a centre door downstairs framed in on the front.

Aimee September 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

Everything about this house is gorgeous! Great job on the remodel. I’m sure the neighborhood is glad to see this “diamond in the rough” all polished up. I don’t know what’s going on with the unrealistic looking real estate photos, though. When we were house hunting last year I noticed that the home interior and yard photos for some of the listings were unaturally crisp (for lack of a better word) and distorted to appear larger in picture than they were in person. I’m all in favor of high quality photography, but please keep it real!

debbi in Texas May 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

usually the photos are in a wide angle or panoramic mode and so it creates a feeling of “large”; it is confusing for house hunters I think

Rick S September 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks so much for my friday day-dream. The after makes me think anything is possible. The link shows a basement view and the attic “playroom shows me that there is a whole house to live in. Love it, the house is so lucky.

ps “criss-cross” ceiling is Coffered. :)

65andcounting September 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Rick. I was pretty sure “criss-cross” was not the official historic Craftsman term!!!

Anne S. September 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

Wow is right. It’s gorgeous!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com September 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

Beautifully done! I’d buy this house just for that playroom! My kids would love it!

Have a blessed weekend, Julia!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Christine Bewley September 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

Whoa, that’s beautiful! I can see why it’s already pending a sale. I love it.

Lisa Sajna September 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

Absolutely scrumptious. You should be on Pinterest so we could all repin this!

Lisa Sajna September 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Wait! You are on Pinterest! I just found yooooouuu!

the 7msn ranch September 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

Just wow. I love how they’ve styled it with the bare minimum of stuff and no window dressings to really show off all the architectural elements. I would live there in a heartbeat.

threadbndr September 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

Though I prefer the original woodtone trims in A&C houses (that’s what they are SUPPOSED to look like), I find that the “Beach Craftsman” with the white woodwork is also lovely if done right. It’s a crime to paint quartersawn oak, but since I’m sure it’s not QS under there in this house, I’m all for it.

I love the loft and the kitchen. Those grey subway tiles are unusual and interesting.

They did a great job, and the porch is spot on.

romy September 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

woaw, that front door changes everything! Looking at the before picture it seems we were looking at a rather ugly backyard. Great B&A!

Shelley September 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

Wow absolutely my favorite type of home, they did a super job! Love it!!!!!!

Sheryl September 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

Love the yellow in the kitchen, makes it more lively than the white on white you usually see.

It really doesn’t look like the same house on the outside any more. I’m always a sucker for a front porch.

Anne C. September 21, 2012 at 9:38 am


Laura September 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

Beautiful job! The exterior is fantastic, and they did a very good job with all the moldings and trim inside. The only place that’s a miss for me is the fireplace tile. Dull! I’d have liked to see a more vibrant color, not beige.

Christina from Dallas September 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

Wow I love it except, the orange walls. But the tranformation outside is amazing and I love all the decor on the inside.

Patience September 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

Wow, that’s incredible. I am DYING to know where they got that front door. We have an old house and the original front door desperately needs to be replaced. Nothing looks worse on an old house than an off-the-rack door from a big box home improvement center. I need to either find a source for authentic historic front doors or find someone who can custom make me a door and all its surrounding woodwork, side lights, etc.

meredith September 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for the great feedback! That particular door is from Frank’s Lumber in Seattle..

Another great resource..if you need to order online or are in the Seattle area is http://www.cherrycreekwindows.com .. they specialize in historic homes and will be able to help you

Jan September 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

Wow, what a great improvement to the neighborhood! I’d have to say it is close to perfect!

Abby R September 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

As a Seattle resident, this makes me drool!

Jane September 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

Great renovation! Does any one else think the upper windows had a different configuration originally, even before this reno was started?

polly dove September 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

WOW … love it!!!

Janet @ ordinary mom September 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

love it! wow! :)

Lindsay September 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

OMG I love every last thing about this house! Drooling right now.

G September 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Love everything about it!!! Would love to lknow how to decorate like that!!!

Kim September 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Wow what a stunning remodel. Craftsman’s are one of my favorite styled homes and they did an amazing job with every single detail.

kasey September 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Wow, other than the orange paint in the den — Want! An absolutely amazing transformation.

CottageGirl September 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Wow! What a transformation!
I love the big front porch and the lovely landscaping, but the front room with those white beams! Striking!

A'nona September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Question: how much of a house must be saved or reused for it to still label itself “built in 1912?”

Neesha September 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Oh how lovely! It’s such a sweet house and definitely a place I can live in. I love the foyer and the bathroom. Also the kitchen. They did a wonderful job. I love watching the show Rehab Addict on Hulu. This post reminded me of that show.

Jennie September 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Well, this certainly took my breath away. Every room. Every detail. And the light and views. Oh my. Good start to the weekend. Thanks so much for your blog. It’s such a joy to follow!

Nathan September 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I’m a huge fan of this style of house and this one does not disappoint! Minus a few design choices (stools at kitchen island, lighting over dining table), I love every last part of this house!

Audrey September 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

This house makes my heart stop.

Billy September 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

This took me back to Bob Villa and the first season of “This Old House”.

Janelle September 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

STUNNING! I LOVE every home that gets a happy ending:) Great post!

Screendoorgirl 3 September 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

So pretty! I love the colors and spaciousness. Great job!

Nica September 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

I’m in love! That has to be one of the most gorgeous houses I’ve ever seen.

Dena Stevens September 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

The imagination on these type projects always amazes me, I don’t that kind of imagination!

e. george September 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

WOW Julia this is absolutely stunning. I don’t know which part of this home I love most so I’ll take it all (if only). I don’t know how you are going to top this. Thank you for sharing beauty as always Regards Esther from Sydney (it’s 12.30 pm Sunday – day dreaming time).

Karen September 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Amazing transformation. Can’t get over the price and how expensive real estate is in Seattle.

CantonWanton September 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I’ve been lurking here for a few months now and it is my favourite guilty pleasure.

I love what they’ve done to this house and could so easily see my family in it. Sadly, it would be rather a long commute so I guess I’ll have to stick to daydreaming …

hookedonhouses September 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love hearing from lurkers! Thanks for your comment! :-)

Simin March 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

Such a lovely house. I love the use of bright warm colors on the walls. and the bed room and kitchen are breath taking. every thing about this house make me want it! specially the light that comes in from almost every corner! perfect design.
and for me who’s now dealing with remodeling her own house and kitchen, it’s refreshing to see these remodeling ideas. I’ll post some pictures of my apartment when it’s done. wish me luck with all the cleaning process after!!!

Andrea April 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

If the new owners of this house think it’s haunted, it’s just me coming back to look at it over and over and pretend I live in it. I’ve never been to Seattle, but I’ve always imagined it as such a clean city and this is the cleanest looking house ever. The only thing i would change would be the painting over the fireplace which looks like fireplace soot at first glance, although I’m sure it’s lovely close-up. So if that gets changed you’ll know who did it — whoooooo.

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