Gracefully Growing Up In Laurelhurst
Architect Michael Howells adds a second story master suite that doesn’t intimidate this 1923 bungalow’s neighbors.
The same day the new owner got the keys to his 1923 Laurelhurst bungalow, he was walking through the house with his architect, discussing how they would add on to the second floor and create a master suite. The house was a clean, blank slate, in immaculate condition, but the owner knew he needed to furnish it, and that its modest size needed to be amplified – without antagonizing the neighbors.
Before too long, architect Michael Howells had provided the new owner with room not only to stretch out upstairs but also to create music in a sound proof room in the basement, where he can max the volume to 11 without the neighbors even noticing. And they’d furnished the home with a calm, complementary mix of arts and crafts, modernist and contemporary pieces, all very traditional and classical in their simple lines and solid materials.
The owner had some Koa wood pieces from his family’s time spent in Hawaii, including some live edge slabs. and these became a theme throughout the house in its addition and the decor of the rooms. The slate is anything but blank now, but the immaculate house is a home to be lived in and to evolve over the years. (Architect and owner are still discussing…!)