When Katie and Paul Hackworth, talented wife and husband duo behind H2 Design + Build boutique firm, first came upon their Seattle office, it had little to offer beyond the fact that it was remote and could allow the couple to be independent and free of the demands of curb appeal. “It needed a lot of love,” Katie says. “All of the rotting beams were exposed, any existing insulation had been ripped out, the concrete floor was cracked and uneven, and the single paned windows and doors weren’t doing much in terms of keeping the cold out. The exterior had broken and rusted metal awnings, leaking shingles, and landscape that had been neglected for some time.”
Katie and Paul began a gut renovation, reinforcing beams, siding, shingles, and the leaking roof. They replaced doors and windows, leveled the floor, applied new sheetrock, updated plumbing and electric, and create a small, enclosed powder room. Their landlord, Katie tells us, required “a lot of convincing, but I think she trusts me now.”
The aesthetic goal for the designers was that it feel like their brand, with “timeless traditional details with modern lines and amenities.” To that end, they brought in a mix of furnishings from the likes of Jayson Home, CB2, and more. Having worked from home for the past five years, Katie loved the convenience of a working kitchen and other homey perks, and decided to install a powder room and Smeg refrigerator.
Drawn to varying shades of black and white, Hackworth kept the interiors quite neutral with Benjamin Moore “Simply White” walls and a rich, casual, dark green kitchenette in the brand’s color “Chimichurri.”
Dedicated to organization, Hackworth ensured the space was with filled with bins, baskets, and drawer storage to keep the place tidy. “Before I go home every night, I try to put everything back in its place so the next day is off to a good start,” she says.
One of her favorite finds was the vintage green pendant that hangs over her worktable. From Jayson Home, it was one of her first purchases and “integral in determining the direction” the space would take. Linen drapery panels, which create a soft division between her conference and work areas, are also a favorite element.
Needless to say, the space certainly has the home-away-from-home vibe nailed. We can't imagine a more delightful place to spend our nine-to-five.
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