We recently completed this beautiful custom contemporary craftsman home in the greenlake neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The family has owned their home here in greenlake since the mid 90s. The original home was just shy of 100 years old and had come to the end of its useful life. There were however a few things that were worth saving for the new custom home contruction. The owners had recently replaced the furnace with a high efficiency gas furnace and a high efficiency gas hot water heater which were removed from the original structure and stored for re use in the new custom home to be built. Also some of the original fir flooring was salvaged and donated to a local used building supply company. As are most infill projects in Seattle the lot conditions were tight and with a full basement with 9 foot ceilings some creative shoring had to be implemented to maintain a safe working environment as well as protect from damaging the neighboring properties. Also when faced with tight site conditions, areas available to stage materials park trucks are at a premium, and coordination between material deliveries and tradesman activities must be well orchestrated to maintain an efficient custom home construction process.
Even thought this custom home has many “high end” components to it we worked diligently with the owners to build the house to suit their budget as well as their tastes. This always results in tradeoffs and in my opinion the owners did a great job communicating their vision to us, the custom home builder, so we could more easily steer them in the direction of cost savings where it made sense. With good communication and cooperation between owner and custom home builder we were able to finish this home under $300 per square foot which is a great value for the owners. We really enjoyed working with the owners on the project and had a great time putting this house together.
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