Queen Ann Project
Carefully thought-out updates by Hara Construction have brought this classic, early 1900s home atop Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill into the twenty-first century while respecting its traditional origins. Hara Construction specializes in restoration and remodeling older homes such as this in Seattle’s established neighborhoods.
Inside on the second floor, Hara Construction moved walls, cleverly borrowing unused space without compromising square footage for the bedrooms, to create more spacious closets with the California Closet system. Reclaimed fir flooring and trim work, milled to match, make these changes transparent, as if part of the original design.
The master suite received further special treatment with a shower fixture added to the bathtub and subtle enhancements to the bedroom’s ambience. Honoring the home’s classic Seattle heritage, Hara Construction kept the sconces, refreshed the lathe-and-plaster walls with a recoating of plaster, and perfectly matched the existing wainscoting that now extends to all walls of the room. Well-placed and improved lighting fixtures allow for easy reading. And the updated fireplace, new surround sound, and mood lighting all create a room that welcomes more than just sleeping.
Comfort now permeates the home year round, thanks to energy efficient all-clad wood windows replacing the old, drafty, single-pane glass. Radiant floor heat in the bathrooms means no more cold toes on tiles. And with the upgraded electrical—including networking—and plumbing systems throughout the house and hidden from view, modern conveniences grace this older home now ready for another hundred years of gracious living.