Capitol Hill Colonial Revival


Seattle, WA

Project Type



Ryan Rhodes Designs


Scot Eckley, Inc


5600 SQ FT


Finishes, Fixtures, Furniture & Decoration

General Contractor

Heldridge Construction

Fine Art

Seattle Art Source

Photography — Haris Kenjar

This gracious 1910 Colonial Revival house enjoyed beautiful public rooms and an amazing location on Capitol Hill, but had poorly organized kitchen and bathroom spaces. It also had no way to take advantage of unencumbered western views toward Lake Union. Working with Ryan Rhodes Designs, the homeowners embarked on a gut renovation that left the best architectural detailing in place, but significantly reworked the circulation of the house, as well as added a new kitchen, new bathrooms, and a floor-through third story addition with a large roof deck.

Working directly with the homeowners, OreStudios selected all of the finishes and fixtures for the resulting remodel. Desiring a glamorous, colorful aesthetic, we built a complex palette of warm gray, aqua, pale blue, blush and olive that appears throughout the project. While materials and detailing are decidedly of the period of the house, the plumbing and lighting feels more current. When selecting furnishings, we went more modern still, injecting the clients' personalities into each room. As one ascends the central stair, each floor reveals decoration that becomes increasingly contemporary.

Custom millwork helps unite original details with significant architectural changes resulting from the gut renovation.

Blush ceilings in the public rooms create soft, flattering light and reveal the homeowners' love of color.

Overlooking Lake Union, the new bath features floor to ceiling tile with a pale, watery glaze.