Open Plan

CRD Design Build

Movin' on Up: A Two-Story Addition

The original floor plan of this one-story U-District craftsman home was short on space and simply didn't fit our clients' lifestyle. The master bedroom was in the low-ceilinged basement, and the tiny dining room was disconnected from the kitchen.

A new two-story bump-out addition provided the space for an expansive kitchen and dining room combination. The new second-floor private master suite with wet-room shower and separate sitting area is a lofty retreat bathed in natural light. Best of all, the new addition maintains the home's cozy craftsman charm, incorporating original cedar siding and trim details.

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Nip Tuck Remodeling

Cottage Lake Expansion

This rambler needed a major update, so we added skylights and significantly enlarged the kitchen to be a true entertaining space. Relocated windows and a vaulted kitchen ceiling now match the rest of the living room. The loft stairs were relocated to the entry to complete the home’s open feel.

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Harjo Construction

1916 Craftsman Reconfiguration

This charming 1916 Craftsman was reconfigured to increase the footprint via a redesigned kitchen and new, open living room. To create an open concept the fireplace and chimney were removed from the living room and the stairs to the basement were rerouted around the kitchen. A partial pony wall between the staircase and dining further opened the space.

The kitchen was expanded from an L-shape to a U-shape giving the family twice the number of cabinets, with a pantry for extra storage, and built-in bench seating for eat-in kitchen dining. To gain additional interior space the original front porch and a side entry were enclosed to create a foyer with a closet, and a functional mud room with built-ins and cubbies. To tie the rooms together new hardware floors were installed throughout the main floor.

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Sockeye Homes

Have you ever imagined what can be done with your "Not-Big-Enough" dining room and "Never-Gets-Used" living room? By adding 5 new beams and additional concrete in the crawl space, we were able to relocate the load-bearing walls and create a true “Open Concept Great Room Design.”

Chermak Construction Inc.

This project began with friendship. We had just completed another local remodel and were recommended by word-of-mouth. The home was a typical 1950s-era rambler with small rooms, narrow hallways, and a sunken living room. Our homeowner wanted an open and contemporary space that would accommodate aging in place. By removing an existing slate floor entry, railings, a living area planter, a wall between the kitchen/living room, and the fireplace, we were able to open up the main living area. The sunken living room was raised to be level with the rest of the home. In addition to this new living/kitchen/dining space, we repurposed existing rooms to create a home office, craft room, remodeled bath, and luxurious walk-in-closet. The home was updated with hardwood flooring, lever-style handles on all doors, new appliances, easy-to-maintain countertops, and new windows. Our homeowner loves that her “new home” is so open and bright!

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Howard Chermak, CGR, CAPS

Howard Chermak started Chermak Construction with one customer in June 1980. He soon learned that partnerships and collaboration were a lot more fun than working alone. He also discovered a strong commitment to customers and their families. His philosophy has been to provide a full-service construction company with exceptional employees that thrive in a personable atmosphere. The company directly reflects his commitment to quality and concern for the needs of customers. 36 years in the construction business in Greater Seattle, Bellevue, and Edmonds benefits clients at every phase of the home remodeling process.

I take pride in my company’s professional, yet personal approach to the construction business. This creates an environment for successful projects and happy clients.
— Howard Chermak

Gaspar's Construction

This 1926 home had seen a lot of different eras and remodels over the years. Our homeowners wanted to bring some of the original charm back to the kitchen and living spaces while also adding modern conveniences. The charm part is addressed with crown molding, beautiful tile, light fixtures, a farmhouse sink and Shaker-style cabinets. Modern conveniences include removing two walls to create a larger kitchen, as well as to create connection between the kitchen and the rest of the living space. A new range hood is flush with the ceiling so that it doesn’t block sight lines in the kitchen. Finally, we converted the wood-burning fireplace to a modern gas fireplace.  

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Sarah Henry

Your home is often the single largest investment in your life and an expression of who you are. It shapes the way you feel and how others perceive you. With 35 years of experience in custom home remodeling, Gaspar's can help you enhance your home’s beauty, comfort, and value with exceptional quality and service.

General Manager Sarah Henry provides the behind-the-scenes support that helps Gaspar’s provide the highest-quality work and set the highest standard in design construction. Sarah’s passion is to continue Gaspar’s excellent reputation in all she does from recruiting and maintaining top notch staff to accounting and to running Gaspar’s handyman division, “Care & Repair.”

CRD Design Build

You’d never know what exists behind the humble original façade of this small 1906 craftsman house. The near-total remodel is a wonderful blend of vintage charm, comfort, and modern luxuries. Inside and out, the Midvale House captures well the trend to monetize one’s home within an updated modern floor plan, incorporating some of the best energy-saving technology, finishes, and design concepts, while maximizing the connections to the outdoor spaces.

The modern and colorful ADU daylight basement unit, which received the MBA's Best Basement Remodel and Best Green Remodel Awards at the 2016 REX Awards, was dug out to create an almost eight-foot ceiling height. A new foundation, earthquake retrofitting, and a state-of-the art sound attenuation system between the floors was added, along with many impressive energy-saving features. The more traditional upper unit is full of light and connection to the landscape with windows, windows, windows everywhere and no less than five doors connecting the unit to the upper-level deck, front porch, and private back garden. AND, there’s Rosie’s Roost, the chicken castle and focal point of the yard. 

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Denny Conner

Denny Conner has been helping greater Seattle homeowners transform their homes through remodeling since 1980. Realizing there was often a gap between the designs clients brought him and what they could afford, he began pioneering the design-build service in the early 1990s. He founded his company with the goal of establishing a home remodeling and construction business that treats its customers with dignity and respect. Conner Remodeling and Design, now CRD Design Build, improved the home remodeling process from start to finish. CRD bridges the gap that often exists between architects and builders by working closely with architectural designers. Through a personalized approach to design for home remodeling, CRD is able to produce outstanding results that fulfill clients' dreams and respects their budget.

G.R. Burgess Co.

This English Hill kitchen was built in 1983 and had seen a lot of family dinners. It was pretty basic to begin with and working space was tight. An existing closet was converted into a large built-in pantry. A beam was installed with steel posts to fit between and be concealed by the new cabinetry in order to eliminate a framed wall and gain more working space in the kitchen. Removal of drywall soffits and enlarging the kitchen window also added to a feeling of spaciousness. Clear-grade hickory cabinetry and beams, a farmhouse sink, and quartzite countertops made the kitchen into a really pleasant place to be.

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Gentry Burgess

The Burgess family has been immersed in craftsmanship and building since Gentry's childhood. His grandfather was a millwright, a trim carpenter, and was in the Corps of Engineers in WWII. He would describe in detail and show his grandchildren how they made spiral chutes out of wood for flour mills in Kansas or how they hung and installed eight doors a day for new houses in Denver. The foreman would run a nickel around the door to check the gap. If it was wrong, you did it over. It was all done precisely, one at a time, with hand tools. He taught his grandkids to appreciate a job well done. Gentry started his career in carpentry and building at age 10 with 4-H classes, built his first house at age 17, and has been a builder and remodeler ever since, from 1983-1988 in Twin Falls, Idaho, and from 1988 to present in Kirkland, Washington.

Schulte Construction

We expanded the kitchen into a previously enclosed porch and relocated the exterior door. We replaced a door opening with a pass-through "window" between the dining room and kitchen to keep the two rooms connected and maximize wall space. Outside, we removed vinyl siding and restored the original wood siding and trim. We also replaced all of the windows, front porch (including stairs and railing), garage door, and roofing and added new paint.

Irons Brothers Construction Inc.: Lake Forest Park

This 1953 kitchen was transformed into an open concept and modernized to meet the growing needs of a young couple with a baby on the way. By removing the dividing wall, the small kitchen was transformed into an inviting, integrated space. 

Features include new cabinetry, appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplash, new flooring, and updated lighting. A new pantry closet with a barn door and open corner shelving add to the modern styling.

Irons Brothers Construction Inc.: Seattle

This 1951 midcentury contemporary kitchen was updated by opening up the walls, relocating a doorway, and reducing south-facing window heights to regain territorial mountain views. The new design created an unobstructed and stylish open concept kitchen for cooking, entertaining, and family gatherings. Features include: new cabinetry integrating two different lines, appliances, quartz countertops, tile backsplash, flooring, and updated lighting.

Sockeye Homes

This nationally award-winning, 5,000 square foot contemporary, open-concept home showcases incredible lake views, incorporates a variety of textures and illumination, and integrates the exterior living spaces into the predominantly white interior finishes.

The Japanese Nichiha exterior siding provides a contemporary feel with low maintenance. The existing 1950s home has been transformed into a modern showstopper!