A Tudor-Style Dream House That’s A Live-In Bookcase

We all have in mind an image of a perfect home an it’s usually a place full of love, a place where we feel comfortable and where we’re surrounded by the things we love most. For a couple from Seattle, that image became reality when they finally decided to buy an old Tudor-style house that they’ve been observing for over 10 years. They’ve already seen it in all seasons and they knew that with some professional help they could turn it into a home that they could grow old into.

The house is designed in the Tudor style, featuring a series of specific elements to suggest thatView in gallery
The house is designed in the Tudor style, featuring a series of specific elements to suggest that
The exterior was preserved for the most part and the beautiful architecture of the house lives on View in gallery
The exterior was preserved for the most part and the beautiful architecture of the house lives on

The help came from DeForest Architects who worked with NB Design Group and Keith Geller Landscape Design to give the house and the garden a complete makeover. Both the new owners and the architects agreed that the architecture of the house should be preserved so the exterior was kept almost intact, with a few alternations, most of them at the back. The proximity of the house to Lake Washington inspired the architects to open up the back facade to these views.

The rear of the house suffered some changes as the building was opened up to the nearby lakeView in gallery
The rear of the house suffered some changes as the building was opened up to the nearby lake
The garden was redesigned as well, featuring a structure and a composition that complement the architecture of the houseView in gallery
The garden was redesigned as well, featuring a structure and a composition that complement the architecture of the house
Large windows and folding glass doors reveal the beautiful views of the lake, bringing them inside the houseView in gallery
Large windows and folding glass doors reveal the beautiful views of the lake, bringing them inside the house

The interior of the house was reorganized and remodeled, becoming a modern environment that takes full advantage of its location and in particular by the views of the lake. To make that happen, the architects removed the existing ceiling beams and elevated the ceilings, thus allowing the windows to become larger.

The kitchen has a cozy nook with a comfortable bench and a round pedestal tableView in gallery
The kitchen has a cozy nook with a comfortable bench and a round pedestal table
The living room has a fireplace and a sofa framed by bookshelves and garden viewsView in gallery
The living room has a fireplace and a sofa framed by bookshelves and garden views

As a general observation, the interior design of the house is clean and simple, being defined by a nice warmth and an overall coziness. It’s all due to a perfect harmonization between the furnishing and decorations chosen by the interior designers and all the personal items of the owners which include an extensive collection of books and lots of items with sentimental value which they’ve gathered over the years.

The house is sprinkled with cozy seating nooks in various different areas. This one is in the home officeView in gallery
The house is sprinkled with cozy seating nooks in various different areas. This one is in the home office
The owners' book collection is at the core of the house and its design, being highlighted with every occasionView in gallery
The owners’ book collection is at the core of the house and its design, being highlighted with every occasion
One of the bookcases doubles as a divider between the entryway and the living areaView in gallery
One of the bookcases doubles as a divider between the entryway and the living area

There’s a good reason why the architects named this The Book House. It’s not just because of all the books displayed on shelves in the living room and hallway but also because of all the cozy reading nooks that are sprinkled throughout the house (in corners and in front of the windows). In addition to that, there are also a bunch of subtle elements that turn this house into a live-in bookcase, like the custom wallpaper on the staircase wall which features favorite quotes selected by all the family members. As you can see, this really is a dream home, specifically tailored for its owners.

The interior has been redesigned and reorganized but maintains the original charm of the house View in gallery
The interior has been redesigned and reorganized but maintains the original charm of the house
The windows in the master bedroom frame the lake views and bring lots of natural light insideView in gallery
The windows in the master bedroom frame the lake views and bring lots of natural light inside
The colors used throughout are warm and mostly neutral, making every space feel welcoming View in gallery
The colors used throughout are warm and mostly neutral, making every space feel welcoming