Remodel 5

One of the “genre’s” of studio point253’s work involves residential remodels for Owner’s that purchase homes to maintain as rentals.  Part of our job is taking in to account a very tight budget that allows the Owner to make their margins (a tough go in a hot market such as ours) yet set their rental apart from others to generate greater interest from a unique clientele.

This remodel was a complete gut.  We raised the ceiling a foot and placed the drywall on top of the new rafter ties to create visual interest in a small space.  In addition, a non-load bearing wall was removed to create an open living space – a requirement in such a small home.  Closets were removed and wardrobes were installed to create flexibility for the future tenants.

Note that landscaping and some additional work is still under way.

Grit City Baking Company

It’s schematic but it’s coming soon!  This exciting wholesale and direct to consumer bakery, which will host a coffee bar serving Valhalla Coffee, will be coming to Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood this summer!  Chef Katie will guide the creation of some of the best pastries, breads and bagels in town.

To stay up-to-date on their opening, please connect with their website!

A brief sneak peek at the design:

Concept Board


Faith Lutheran Preschool-1st Grade

It’s always really exciting when you starting putting “pen to paper” in this business.  In this case, and in today’s times, this pen to paper really becomes “plan to modeling.”

For this project we are designing a two phase three room school house for Faith Lutheran Ministries.  They are such a blessing to work with and like all of my clients so far, I am constantly thankful for their presence in our life!

There will be many iterations of this design over the next couple of months I’m sure, but I’m loving this initial take on it so much – it had to be shared.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

South 03

Mullen Maxi – Revision 2

Any project undergoes multiple revisions as you proceed through the design, permitting, bidding, and construction process.  The key is to reduce the number of revisions at each stage.

As you may have noticed, we started this project with very large single pane’s of glazing.  The next phase divided the windows and the design became steel rather than wood.  As we’ve started really pricing the project and dialing in our budget, the windows once again are being revised.  It’s beginning to look as though we may be returning to wood or even moving to fiberglass windows.  As with any type of product, each has its own unique positives and its own unique challenges.  What really matters is that the windows stay the same overall size, that any mullions do not occur between 56″-65″ (the average eye height of most North Americans as they stand or sit), and that the windows meet code requirements for both egress and energy.  This gives us a lot of leeway in our design and allows us to really control costs.

The other main item we have been working on is site design.  What will our landscape look like?  How does it feel as we move from street level down to the ground floor?  What is the experience walking from street level to the front door?  How can we respect our neighborhood aesthetic yet still achieve the more contemporary design we prefer?

As we ourselves wade through the process of finding and interviewing contractors and requesting, receiving and reviewing bids, I’m sure we will be looking at other aspects of the project and determining what work we will ultimately perform ourselves, and what work may just have to be put off until we can save more money.  Who needs a couch anyway?! Just kidding – we have a couch already…


House W2

This project was an addition and renovation to a single-family home.  The owners often gather with a large group of family and friends and were in need of additional space.  Additionally, they wished to have a relaxing area where they could install a swim spa.  Utilizing the existing attached garage and existing detached garage, we were able to add a natatorium and create an entirely new Master Suite complete with kitchen.  To replace the garage, which was used more as a shop than a vehicle storage space, we added a detached carport.  The carport required the separation due to existing location of the septic system and drainfield.

The new work allows for a spectacular connection to the water from the Master Suite and Kitchen.

More images and information available here.

Mullen Maxi – Revision 1

As we move to complete the permitting process and begin the bid phase, the design of the house becomes more cohesive.  You can see the windows begin to evolve to articulate emergency exiting and facilitate natural ventilation.  The facade becomes simplified to enhance lines and to ensure the viewers eye is drawn to the intended architectural highlight.  Interior details begin to speak to exterior details.

Mullen Maxi

Personal projects for most designers, are I believe, inherently difficult.  We come across and dream up so many ideas.  When designing for a client, we use your vision which guides the “language” we use throughout the design.  When designing for ourselves, it can be difficult to define that language and stick to it.

As my husband and I have been working through the design challenges of our future home (small site, big grade change, limited height, and like most projects – budget), we’ve developed a language of “raw.”  Raw wood, raw concrete, raw steel.

Here are some early renderings of the entry, living room/kitchen/dining, and master bath.


Proposed Floor Plan
Proposed Floor Plan

This is a single family residential addition designed while working for office G|O in Tacoma, Washington. The client had one child with a second on the way and was looking to expand their living options. The area alloted for the addition was above the garage facing the cul-de-sac and the development covenants required the addition match the existing home. The stairs provide an access corridor to the existing bedrooms and the living room, allowing for a direct visual connection for both the parents and the children. Not shown in this image is the renovation of the laundry niche (just beyond the end of the stairs) into a study station for the children.

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Building Site Plan Showing Existing Development and Allowable Building Area for Addition(s)
Building Site Plan Showing Existing Development and Allowable Building Area for Addition(s)

This project was a site feasibility study for a single family residence. The owner wished to understand the extents to which they could build any additions so they could explore options. Completed while working for office G|O in Tacoma, Washington.

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