Bellevue Washington 1950's Modern Home Renovation by Wilkens Design Studio

We are making good headway with the complete renovation of a 1959 wood framed split level modern home located in Bellevue Washington. This house is very well designed, aligning key functions within the house solar orientation. We are excited to be renovating this home with an eye towards efficiency and a family’s current living needs. More to come….

 South (Rea) Elevation Rendering

South (Rea) Elevation Rendering

Lake Michigan Cottage by Wilkens Design Studio

Sometimes our hard work does not come to fruition. Here is a very early rendering project we helped a client develop over 2 years in Northern Michigan. This was a close and fun working collaboration with our clients to locate a weekend “cabin” on a beach along Lake Michigan. The property had amazing views to the West towards the Leelanaw Peninsula and the end of Grand Traverse Bay. The house was approached through the woods - creating a sequence of experiences intended to decompress and create a sense of anticipation. Set into a wooded dune, this house would have created a veiling of the lake, with glimpses of the light reached only when stepping into one of the two Upper Level Living Spaces. Bedrooms had direct access to the Beach and were placed below the Main Living Areas.

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Palm Springs Renovation by Wilkens Design Studio

Nice to see some of this searing sunshine right now from Seattle. Also nice to see a completed small project in Palm Springs. We helped a good friend make poolside living and sleeping a reality, closing the loop on Palm Springs realness…Needless to say looking forward to a site visit.

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South Lake Tahoe Residence by Wilkens Design Studio

We have been working on a few exciting new and renovation projects and here is a concept rendering of our South Lake Tahoe Project. We are very excited and grateful to be working with this client again on such a fun project. Thanks always to Black Box for excellent renderings.

 Facade Rendering

Facade Rendering

Completed Seattle Condominium Project by Wilkens Design Studio

A hint of some great photographs by Mellissa Kaseman Photography of our Condominium Renovation Project in a downtown Seattle Landmark Building. This was the building’s Recital Hall - on the 7th floor. The project involved a complete renovation of 2 bathrooms, bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Area and Kitchen. The biggest challenge on this project was installing a new elevator connecting the 7th, 8th, and Roof Levels. Working with a great team from MRA and Buker Engineering, we were able to negotiate installing the elevator in concert with existing structure.

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Bellevue Renovation - Project Update by Wilkens Design Studio

We have been working on the renovation of a 1959 Ranch-Style house in Bellevue for about a year and are gearing up for the next phase of work and construction start in Spring 2019. The house will be updated to adapt to the current family - parents and 2 children and their active lifestyle. The existing home was very well sited and designed - particular attention was given for orientation and the attendant program spaces - Bedrooms along East side, Living spaces along West side - taking advantage of the best the sun has to offer during the best times of the day. We are excited to help this beautiful house into the next phase of its life.

 Axonometric study for the new Entry

Axonometric study for the new Entry

Leschi Residence - Project Update by Wilkens Design Studio

Started in late 2016, we are in Construction on a full renovation of a 1970’s modern house in Seattle, WA. The lore is the house was apparently designed by an Italian Architect living and teaching in Seattle. We have been deeply inspired by the unabashed geometry of the house. The angles, round forms, simple large windows are all getting a face lift and structural updates and the playful geometry has inspired us to review Memphis designs from the 80’s as inspiration for the interiors as well as a new detached Studio. Scheduled completion: early 2019

 Section rendering showing especially the interconnected spaces, color and material flows through the house.

Section rendering showing especially the interconnected spaces, color and material flows through the house.