Capitol Hill Remodel
Hara Construction turned a neglected, dark, three-story, hundred-year-old Capitol Hill house into the light-filled, grand, elegant home envisioned by its original owners with all of the modern conveniences never even imagined. Mindful of the period of the house, Hara Construction specializes in restoring and remodeling such older homes in Seattle’s close-in neighborhoods. Capital Hill is a great location close to downtown, with great food, bars, nightlife. Check out The Capitol Hill Newpaper or the Capitol Hill Times for some great information about the neighborhood.
In this complete house remodel, Hara Construction gutted the structure to the studs. Addressing the basics, Hara Construction installed hydronic, or radiant, heating on the first and second floors with zoning for each floor and bathroom. Throughout, the house was wired for cable/Internet, and all electrical and plumbing was updated.
Replacing the post and beam supports with steel beams, Hara Construction retrofitted the house for earthquakes and made possible expansive rooms in the basement. With the installation of a wall guard and a French drain system, Hara Construction ensured no more “lakes” on that lowest level and, in what once held only the laundry room, created a wine cellar, media room, storage space, and a large rec room.
On the first floor of this Seattle remodel, Hara Construction reworked the layout to open up the space, improve traffic flow, and enhance the traditional elegance. They replaced the small entry door with two sidelights and a 40-inch-wide door, better suited to the scale of the house, that now opens onto a welcoming foyer with wainscoting and a built-in bench with storage drawers. Removal of the maids’ staircase gave room for the single, grand stairway that now greets visitors in the foyer with its light-filled opening to the second floor. The maids’ staircase was transformed into a wow powder room with a 16-foot-high ceiling, graced by a chandelier.
Expanding the kitchen a few feet into its side of the adjoining deck and creatively tweaking the layout, Hara Construction had room for features befitting the size and style of this classic Capitol Hill home. In went more counter and storage space, a dishwasher at last, commercial eight-burner, two-oven range, warming drawer, convection-microwave oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and farmhouse sink plus a prep sink in the island, which also has room for gathering and eating. Custom cabinetry with finger-jointed drawers carry more high quality in the details. And honoring the best of the original character, Hara Construction meticulously matched top-nail oak boards in the kitchen with those on the rest of the first floor. Butcher block and concrete countertops plus improved lighting from cans, under the cabinets, and pendant fixtures make this kitchen remodel one that works and is a pleasure in which to cook and converse.
In the formal dining room of this older Seattle home, Hara Construction installed six-foot-high wainscoting, installing fine traditional details, such as grooves in the top for displaying plates, a box-beam ceiling, and French doors that open to the deck, newly enclosed.
Throughout, Hara Construction kept the original stained glass windows, adding more to match, but enclosed them within energy-efficient double-pane windows.
On the second floor, Hara Construction created a master suite, adding unexpected touches, such as drawers in the closet lined in cedar. They matched reclaimed fir to the salvaged fir floor and refinished it. Added details reflect the period of the house with plinth blocks for corner trim work, fillets, and crowns over the doorways. Hara Construction kept the original hardware for the doors, finding reclaimed parts to match and milling the doors to accept the period pieces.
Juliette balconies off the two smaller bedrooms give a special grace to this Capitol Hill remodel.
Outside, Hara Construction poured a new concrete floor for the garage remodel, extended electrical power to the building, and installed a new automatic door.
The exterior of the house received the same attention to detail and conformance with the period as the inside as Hara Construction added matching cedar siding, repainting all. Slate replaced the wood deck; new gutters and roof topped it all. Providing conveniences clients do not even dream of, Hara Construction installed hot- as well as cold-water spigots outside for comfortable car washing—and dog baths.
This Capitol Hill remodel bears testament to the high quality Hara Construction carries into all aspects of its work. With innovation and the ability to envision possibilities, knowledge of what works with classical styling, concern for the minutia, and the desire to create comfort for clients, Hara Construction transforms the tired, worn, and outdated into traditional homes that sparkle with life and sophistication.