Architect Amy Janof transforms a diamond in the rough into a modern gem – Seattle Times

REBECCA BRIDGE shouldn't be your private jeweler, however her nice-grandfather, Ben Bridge, is certainly the man behind the firm behind the jingle you’ll now be singing for a week. It's a catchy jingle.

Rebecca is a gemologist and licensed appraiser, although, so the modern, multifaceted Magnolia house she shares together with her husband, musician Evan Lundgren (and their cats, Oscar and Willow), takes its glowing cues from the household enterprise.

Rebecca grew up in this neighborhood, solely a mile away from this similar website, so she drove by its authentic house a million occasions. Give or take. She was not precisely bedazzled by it.

“It was a horrific house constructed in 1942,” she says. “Good-wanting, nevertheless it was a piece of junk. Godawful mustard yellow. I’m positive it was good when it was constructed.”

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Nonetheless, she and Evan took a peek inside when it got here up on the market. Rebecca is aware of a diamond in the rough when she sees it — and in this case, spectacular views of Seattle, Mount Rainier, even Mount Baker supplied good readability.

“Evan got here as much as the rickety deck and was yelling, ‘You’ve obtained to return up and see this!’ ” Rebecca says. “It’s like, ‘We now have to purchase this home.’ He talked me into it, understanding we needed to do some revisions. We thought we’d knock a wall down right here and there.”

Architect Amy Janof (Janof Architecture), who lives solely 4 blocks away herself (“Most handy mission ever,” she says), took in that vista; acknowledged golden alternative; and, Evan says, “ran with that.”

“We mainly saved the basis and rebuilt from beneath; it’s primarily a model-new home,” Janof says. “The view’s diagonal; we oriented the roofs diagonally and created extraordinarily giant window assemblies to do it justice.”

It’s an uncommon geometry, she says, “impressed by the faceted and crystalline constructions discovered in (Rebecca’s) work. It made sense to summary the concept of gems.”

Some impressed parts are a little extra summary: “The roof overhangs are tapered,” Janof says. “In case you look upside-down, it seems to be like emerald-lower diamonds.”

Some take a little extra inspection: That big complete-wall, customized hand-painted mural in the eating space clearly pops with beautiful shades of inexperienced — nevertheless it’s additionally a shut-up of the lustrous mineral fluorite.

And a few are completely crystal-clear proper from the get-go: the gem-cut mirror, and basket of gemstone-formed soaps, in the first-degree powder room; the coloration-shifting glass tile in the grasp toilet that shimmers like gold in the early-morning mild; the literal mom-of-pearl in the toilet countertop.

After which there’s all that fabulous, flawless glass.

In the all-new master bedroom that takes up the total all-new higher ground, nook home windows and tapered clerestories usher in a lot mild, “Evan generally wears his sun shades right here in the mornings,” Rebecca says.

Rebecca and Evan, each native Seattleites, went to elementary and highschool collectively; staying near their households, and their generations-deep roots, issues — as does an impeccably polished setting that brilliantly displays who and the place they're.

“This initially was a field home, a cut up degree,” she says. “The place regarded prefer it was falling down, however then we turned it into this.”

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Architect Amy Janof transforms a diamond in the rough into a modern gem - Seattle Times