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Northwest Contemporary in Magnolia

We recently completed this stunning remodel to a home in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.  The owners lived in a 1950’s bungalow for close to twenty years when they contracted us, looking for a remodel that would bring more space and a modern look.


Here is the house “before”:

hamilton before


and after!




The front entrance was moved to the side of the house, providing space for a large, private patio. The entire roofline was changed, adding 5 feet to the front of the house.  A modern shed style roof gave the expansion space needed to install the full sized windows that make up the front of the house.

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Take a look at the old kitchen:

hamilton kitchen before

The new kitchen, featuring beautiful wood custom cabinetry was enlarged and remodeled, opening to the spacious dining and living space where the couple entertains.


The owner’s interest in cooking is well accommodated with the new hood system, appliances, and ample storage and dining areas.


This space spills out to the patio, providing expansive views of the Seattle skyline and Puget Sound.




Designwork by Alexandra Immel of Immel Design


Bring on the Deck!

Deck made of ipé wood from South America

Deck made of ipé wood from South America

The weather is beginning to warm up and if you are anything like us, you are beginning to put away your interior home projects and think about projects on the exterior of your home.  A well built and attractive deck allows you to better enjoy the outside world, as well as extend your living space outdoors. A truly great deck is designed with scale and material in mind.

Even at the Haider home, our spring poject is to pick out materials to cover an old concrete deck with something durable, cost effective and attractive.  There are so many choices, that even we are feeling a little bowled over!

In coming posts we will talk about the different decking materials available to the Northwest consumer.  The local standards of cedar and redwood now run up against many imported lumbers: jarrah (a member of the eucalyptus family) from western Australia, ipé from South America, and mahogany from Central America.

At Haider Construction, it is important to us to choose only materials that are sustainably harvested.  Look for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification―it means these imported lumbers have been grown and harvested in a sustainable manner.

More information on ipe from the Wall Street Journal Online.