Seattle Lofts Mixes Materials for a Stunning Transformation

03.04.15 | By
Seattle Lofts Mixes Materials for a Stunning Transformation

SHED Architecture & Design recently completely a custom renovation of this Seattle loft located in Capitol Hill. The 1,702-square-foot space is owned by a young couple who wasn’t happy with the original layout of the condo with its lack of storage, along with the fact that it didn’t function for their everyday living. The challenge was to add function while keeping with the building’s character and choice of materials – concrete floors, zinc-plated pan-decking ceiling, and blackened steel beams and railings.


To work with the original elements, they brought in various raw materials for added texture, like concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened steel, and mirror.


In the kitchen, they extended the counter to add a protected entry way and to expand the kitchen itself. The brick backsplash and island marry the concrete floors with the new Zebra wood cabinets, which help warm the space up.


The new island adds much needed storage to the kitchen and houses the built-in microwave. The curly cord from the ceiling powers it and adds a playful touch. The geometric wallpaper is by local designer Brian Paquette and it brings some modern texture to the space.




The extension in the kitchen allows for a spot on the other side to drop your belongings when you enter the loft. The open cabinet in the kitchen allows light to pass through.


Under the stairs, they added a place for bike storage.


In the master bedroom, they created a lightweight enclosure made of perforated steel to help define the closet space.



The loft is part of the award-winning 1310 East Union Building, which includes eight similar spaces with views of the Seattle neighborhood.

Interior photos by Mark Woods.
Exterior photo by James F. Housel.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.