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Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement, Seattle Home

Contemporary Architecture in Seattle design by Paul Michael Davis Architects, USA

Aug 4, 2018

Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement, Seattle

Design: Paul Michael Davis Architects

Location: Meadowbrook neighborhood, Seattle, Washington, USA

Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement


Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement Seattle house

Photos: Dale Lang

SEATTLE, WA: Located in a house in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Seattle, the benefits of compartmentalization have been taken to a new spatial level with PMDA’s innovative remodel.

Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement Seattle house

In order to maximize space while also creating a private sanctuary, the architects conceptualized of the home’s basement as a piece of furniture; specifically, a cabinet to contain both utilitarian functions and surprises.

“Our Meadowbrook basement project was all about using every square inch possible in a small space,” founding architect Paul Michael Davis explains. “Our concept was to treat the space like a piece of furniture: in this case, a cabinet that holds all of the pragmatic spatial uses, such as the laundry facilities and HVAC in a wooden frame, and a carefully detailed bathroom.

Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement Seattle house

We designed a series of birch plywood volumes with sliding panels that conceal brightly colored spaces under the stairs and along the foundation wall for storage, laundry and utilities. The space is a quiet, neutral palette, except when the doors open. With our talented contractor, we developed a series of sliding, whitewashed wood doors to contain the utility elements.”

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In the shower, PMDA designed an ombré tile pattern with handmade square tiles from Ann Sacks of varying sizes, expanding from a tiny ½ X ½ inch grid at the floor to a 6 x 6 inch grid at the ceiling. There is also one erratic pink-red tile that can only be seen from inside the enclosure: a special surprise for someone using the shower. The cabinets are birch plywood with exposed veneer and feature a triple coat whitewash finish. A full height mirror serves as a backsplash and mounting for an orb light fixture.

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The client enjoys being able to come home after a long day and relax in a highly efficient space that is free from both clutter and predictability.

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Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement – Building Information

Architecture, Interiors: Paul Michael Davis Architects

Name: Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Client: Withheld
Area: 489 Square Feet
Site: Lower/daylight basement level of an existing 1940s bungalow
Cost: Withheld
Completion: January 2018

Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement interior

Photo above by Paul Michael Davis


Architect: Paul Michael Davis Architects – Paul Michael Davis, design principal; Tiffany Chow; junior designer
Co-Designer: Graham Day, Daydesignstudio
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Software: Sketchup, AutoCAD
Contractor: Karlstrom Associates – Dick McDonald, Project Manager; Jeff Stevens, Site Supervisor; Jones Van der Spuy, Carpenter

Cabinetry: Contemporary Cabinets – Carlos Roldan
Tile: B & E Tile – Ben Mogovan
Glass & Mirrors: Distinctive Glass
Concrete Floors: Diamond Polishing
HVAC: The Plumbing & Heating Group

Photography: Dale Lang, PhD


Structural system: Type VB / Light Wood
Hardware: Emtek, Restoration Hardware
Tile: Ann Sacks
Light Fixtures: Schoolhouse Electric, Juno
Exterior Door: Codel
Windows: Euroline
Interior Doors: Whitewashed Birch Solid Core Doors
Flooring: Existing 1940s concrete slab, ground to reveal aggregate

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Location: Meadowbrook, Seattle, Washington, USA


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