Giving a Neglected Craftsman Bungalow New Curb Appeal

Montlake Craftsman Bungalow Seattle BEFORE |

This small Craftsman bungalow was built in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle in 1912 but had been neglected for so long that by the time LimeLite Development started working on it, it was hard to even see the house in the overgrown yard.

Here’s an old photo that gives you an idea of what it looked like behind all those trees:

old photo 2011 E Lynn St Seattle

They salvaged what original details and millwork they could of the original porch, but the house itself was in such bad shape they were pretty much starting over when it came to the interiors. They added a second story to the small bungalow while they were at it:

2011 E Lynn St Seattle during remodel

With the mix of new and old details, here’s how the house looks now:

LimeLite Development 2011 E Lynn Seattle

It’s pretty much a brand new house past the front door, but I’m glad they were able to save some of the original front porch. I bet there are some happy neighbors on that street!

renovated craftsman bungalow seattle porch

It now has 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths with a finished basement. The interior is pretty contemporary, as you can see from this shot of the new kitchen:

newly renovated kitchen Craftsman bungalow Seattle

Thanks to Jackie for telling me about their project! The house sold for $1.455 million. You can see more photos on the LimeLite website.

LimeLite Development 2011 E Lynn St Seattle 2

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  1. says

    Goodness! That is fabulous! I first thought the house was surrounded by a forest (from the first picture), but when I saw that it was in a neighborhood, I was blown away. Beautiful home!

  2. Sarah In Illinois says

    Wow! That is just gorgeous! They did a wonderful job!

  3. says

    Of course, I’m blown away by this fantastic re-do.
    All the details!
    Such as: the bumped out window wall, just to the right of the front porch.
    Look at the brackets! Genius!
    What has me most intrigued, however, are the rails of the porch!
    Some of that modern interior has definitely made its way outside, too.
    Coincidentally, I’ve wondered about using the modern metal + cable rails on our project house’s porch!
    I like the look, but I don’t think I’m that brave!

  4. Carolyn says

    You said what I was thinking: I bet those neighbors are happy. A couple of blocks up the street from us sits an abandoned house probably dating to the teens or twenties. The city has condemned it, but still nothing is done. We’ve lived in the neighborhood 26 years and it’s never been inhabited but slowly been falling into ruin. There’s still junk on its porch. The ivy and wildlife have taken over. I’m sure all kinds of critters come and go through the broken windows. There’s even an Edsel parked in back. One of a pair of giant – and I mean giant – willow oaks in the front yard fell on a neighboring house in the March ice storm. Just where the roots came out of the ground were 12 – 15 feet high. The part of the tree that fell on the neighboring property was cleaned up, but the rest still sits in the abandoned house’s yard. The house is way beyond salvaging now and is an eyesore (and I’m the historic preservation type who wants to save everything, but not this one). I feel sorry for the neighbors.

  5. Laura says

    Hard to believe that forest from the before picture could fit in that small front yard! I’m so glad they saved that porch – it’s beautiful (except for those new stair railings). If you look at the picture and cover up the porch, the rest of the house is not too thrilling. I don’t care for the modern interior either, but I agree, the neighbors must be very happy.

  6. lilk says

    julia i am confused about how this is the same house. In the first pic it looks like the house is set far back from the road on a big yard/lot as the trees/flowers/ vines/ivy have overgrown all over. Yet in the after pic there are 2 houses beside it. Was the overgrown houses bought and fixed, and then the houses built on either side of it ?

    • says

      Not sure since I didn’t see it in person, but that first photo is tightly cropped — can’t really see what was on either side. I zoomed in to show as much of the original porch as possible.

  7. Alie B says

    While it would have been nice to save a bit more of the original house, sometimes it’s a case of a home being too far gone. I think the place looks wonderful! I would like to have seen what the inside looked like before, but it’s pretty darn fabulous now. :) What I love about renos like this, is that the home is not overbuilt for the neighborhood; as it might have been, had it been torn down and a totally new design built in its place. lilk, If you look closely at the before pic, you can see the houses on each side of it. It’s evident that it’s the same property.

  8. Pam Galloway says

    Major charm points for the work on the exterior. Sadly, you seem transported to the future when you enter. Sort of a punch in the gut if you were seduced by the outside because of it’s beautiful style. However, obviously someone loved it ! And isn’t that what makes design exciting; what one abhors, another adores.

  9. says

    I love this transformation! So airy. Love the colors, they did a wonderful job! Such a very inspiring. This room with a bright color is so beautiful, which gives a Cheerful & Inviting touch.