A refreshingly cohesive remodel unites the entire first floor of a Kirkland home

Spurred by a kitchen switcheroo, Hilary Young Design Associates achieves a makeover takeover.

THEY DIDN’T WANT a bigger house. Or a different house. Or a new neighborhood, or new neighbors. But the time had come for a change — and suddenly, quite a few things needed changing.

Trace and Reid’s Kirkland home was built in the late 1990s. It had been remodeled once and, somewhere along the line, cultivated a random collection of aesthetics.

Outside, for example, tropical yellow paint, stucco siding and swaying palm trees screamed “Mediterranean.” Inside, Trace says: “dark cherry wood everywhere,” an inexplicably angled hallway and a “monstrosity of travertine and marble” masquerading as a fireplace. Most sadly of all, crammed into a corner, oddly shaped and dark, the little-bitty kitchen sighed “Knights of the Round Table.”

That kitchen … that was the catalyst.

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“The yard was wackadoodle, and we lived with that ugly paint color for a long time,” Trace says. “But the kitchen was so small. We like to entertain and cook, and we wanted an island so bad. We were lighting our stove with matches for years, like camping. We got tired of that.”

Interior designer Hilary Young (Hilary Young Design Associates) had just the wake-up call — a contemporary renovation (with Adams Construction Services and architect Tom Lambright of Lambright Design Group) that ended up making over, and taking over, the entire first floor.

“They thought they’d leave the kitchen where it was, with its single, small window, and open it up to the living area a bit,” Young says. “More than most clients, they actually needed a big kitchen, and the original space literally was 100 square feet. We proposed moving the kitchen to what was the dining room, and moving the dining table to what was previously the kitchen. … It increased the size of the kitchen by about…

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