Adams Architecture was recently featured in the July/August 2016 edition of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine for a Seattle home renovated for a young family seeking authenticity and modern comfort. Click on the thumbnails below to see beautiful images of the home’s exterior and interior features and learn how Adams Architecture kept the home’s traditional character while creating functionality and adding contemporary elements.

We really wanted to respect the history of the house,” says architect Anne Adams of the Seattle home she renovated for a young family. Originally built in 1921—and designed by architect Harlan Thomas, who also conceived Hotel Sorrento—the classically proportioned home had “a wonderfully symmetrical façade and stately quality,” says Adams. “The couple wanted to maintain the house’s traditional character while incorporating unexpected contemporary elements.”

Although the site offers spectacular views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, the Colonial Revival home needed updating. “The owners sought a fun whimsical space with personality that was also family-friendly and cohesive,” says designer Graciela Rutkowski. “The house was great but it was a bit disjointed”—the result of numerous remodels over the years. To rectify this, Adams devised a two-story addition on the southwest corner of the abode that would strategically improve the function of the house. “We needed to enlarge the structure but didn’t want to distract from that symmetrical façade,” she says. “The extension had to be sensitive to the original residence and not compete with it.” 

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New Architecture Firm, Adams Architecture, Opens for Business in Seattle, WA

Husband and wife team, John and Anne Adams, recently opened the doors to their new architectural practice based in Seattle. With over 35 years of combined experience, John and Anne are skilled in all aspects of design, with both residential and commercial projects under their belts.

John and Anne Adams have followed their dream and recently opened the doors to their new architecture firm, Adams Architecture, based in Seattle, WA. The Adams duo has worked in the Seattle area since 2001, achieving acclaim and a solid client base while practicing with Stuart Silk Architects. Anne’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Southern Accents and Luxe Interiors + Design, and John’s innovative commercial designs have been featured in Interior Design magazine. John is one of the Seattle area’s leading providers of dental architectural services.

The pair decided that the time was right to join forces and create an architectural firm that combines their diverse talents.

“The fact that we have both residential and commercial design experience is unique in the industry,” says John. “We can bring elements of commercial design into a residential project where that makes sense, as well as creating moments of residential refinement within commercial projects.”

Both John and Anne value the relationships they’ve built up with both clients and construction companies over the years, and strive to find the best possible fit on each project. “It’s a partnership between the architect, the client and the builder,” comments Anne. “It has to work well, because you’re working with each other for long periods of time: years in some instances.”

This attention to detail is very much appreciated by clients. Geoff and Kathy Osler started working with Anne in 2004 when she designed a new third floor for their 1929 Tudor home that seamlessly integrates with the exterior. At the same time, the entire kitchen was remodeled. “When we first met, it was immediately apparent that Anne just got us, and understood everything we were trying to do,” says Geoff. Anne has also worked with the Oslers on a complete interior remodel, and the team is now embarking on their latest project: a glass and steel deck, blending modern and traditional. “Anne and John handle projects all the way to completion and that’s a great asset,” says Kathy. “It makes the entire process quicker and more effective in the long run.”

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