Located on the banks of Lake Sammamish about 20 minutes east of downtown Seattle, Washington, this boxy house offers unobstructed water views and a fresh take on midcentury style. But the 1963 home wasn’t always a glimmering lakefront retreat made of steel and glass. When designer Sally Julien and her partner, Peter Loforte, bought the home in 2011, it was marked as a teardown.
Rotting support posts resulted in a complete overhaul of the four-bedroom, three-bath house, with Julien paying careful attention to the home’s original elements. The C-shape footprint remains, accompanied by new beams, a double-height living room, and a snazzy bright orange fireplace that became the home’s main accent color. The front door—one of the only things salvaged from the remodel—matches the fireplace, along with a stained-glass window with pops of lime green and yellow.
One of the biggest changes came in the kitchen, when the dark, tight space was transformed with white quartz countertops, streamlined cabinets, and a new window that faces the water. Upstairs in the master bedroom, walls of glass provide more water views, and bamboo pressed floors in a light black stain contrast with a lighter wood ceiling.
The restored 3,008-square-foot home is hardly a midcentury time capsule. But it’s an example of how the design sensibility of the 1960s can be reinvented and refreshed for today’s living. Love what you see? 18184 SE 41st Place is on the market now for $3,380,000.