Graham Baba Architects renovated a home in the Pacific Northwest, United States that was originally designed by the famous architect Ralph Anderson. Dating from the seventies of the last century, the property contains several characteristics that are associated with the midcentury style but combined with an essence of regional influences. The team assisted the residents in modernising their beloved home without wasting the authentic atmosphere.
Cedar House is located in a rather suburban area and offers the inhabitants a quiet place to escape. That would remain unchanged with this renovation because they wanted to preserve the wood driven character in any case. For this reason, a double focus was developed in this project. On the one hand, the common areas were only dealt with to a limited extent; on the other, the private spaces asked for heavier alterations. The entrance is a clear prelude of what the house has to offer overall. Namely, here you notice walls, soffits, and ceilings from cedar wood that reappear several times throughout the house. Here, it was mainly a question of reapproaching the lighting. The living- and dining areas asked for limited updates as well, among which white oak flooring.
Former dark finishes were replaced by more luminous alternatives.
In the remaining parts of the home, it was crucial that the interior would become less dark. The team achieved this, for example, by relying on Drywall and Milestone in order to create a light and reflective wall surface in places where the presence of the cedar wood had become too dominant and monochrome. If you are wondering where the architects had the most work, that would be in the kitchen and family room. The first was completely outdated and no longer relevant. Former dark finishes were replaced by more luminous alternatives, such as a countertop and backsplash in marble and custom cupboards in white oak. The office was provided of made-to-measure joinery as well, this time in the form of a desk made of ash wood. On the wall above, there is a steal notice board and a magnetic wall surface. In a further phase, Cedar House awaits an additional renovation of the main bathroom and the basement. Up until now, the changes have already proven to be a big success, so we are confident that this home can only expect more lucrative updates in the future. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Haris Kenjar and Ross Eckert