1902 Victorian Home

Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Full Home Design and Remodel – Bathrooms, Kitchen, ADU

“A Historical Renovation for Period Authentic Living and an Additional Dwelling Unit!”

“Belltown Design brought expert design and remodeling skills that pushed us outside of our box.”

Geneva D., Seattle, Capitol Hill


This 1902 Victorian / Edwardian home in Seattle needed full redesign and restoration. The homeowner’s aim was to retain as much of the original house elements as possible, and to “restore”, rather than to “replace”. The rooms are small, originally heated by what was, in the day, a cutting-edge radiator system, eliminating the need to have a fireplace in the house. The radiators are newly operable, and refurbished. 

The Living Room - Color design was strongly applied throughout the house, for walls, and woodwork.

With less adornment the Edwardian woodwork in this home is relatively simple, bordering on art deco. There are finely carved columns in the living room, and mahogany inlay features in the flooring. We nourished and retained the original wood stain color, creating custom stain mixes to feed both old and new wood. The original Mahogany millwork called for Belltown Design to develop a composite stain color, as the contractors laid their hands on every square inch of millwork.

The Kitchen - was gutted, and a new design was developed to contain both the modern and historical with plenty of detail and storage. We designed a farmhouse kitchen, laying out the floor plan to meet these client’s needs; with the right size peninsula, and plenty of pantry and cabinet space. It was like putting a puzzle together, widening the passageway between dining room to kitchen and incorporating transom windows between the dining room and kitchen and above the exterior kitchen door, allowing for more light in each space. Cambria counter tops, brushed nickel cabinet hardware, and stainless-steel finished appliances give style and statement to the kitchen.

The Powder Room – A small room – it’s all in the details. The Powder Room is a VIP in the house! We had six 1” thick, salvaged, Carrera marble slabs saved exactly for the right project. This was it! Using the most beautifully veined sections as wainscoting, the marble was honed and polished until its natural beauty emerged. It was difficult to find Carrera top rail to fit these slabs, as it is rare to have a one inch application of this stone these days. We selected the perfect Carrera Marble tile mosaic flooring with a blue marble border to complement the old stone. Elegance extraordinaire... a lovely Uranium glass antique lighting fixture makes a distinctive statement in this tiny room. Our Steampunk concept marries well with bronze/copper metal finishes, selecting the Cole and Sons “Flying Machines” wallpaper for its quirky imagery and rich color.  The tiny boat sink is perfect and in the niche above the door and you will see an exquisite model of a wooden boat for gazing at the mysteries of the industrial age!

The Main Bathroom – A Wet / Dry Room. This bathroom design consists of two distinctive areas – a wet side and a dry side. The shower area with clear, glass partition, is a floor strategically sloped towards the drain, and the refurbished vintage claw foot tub. We added a new exterior window blending well with the exterior façade of the house and Equipe subway tile up to the ceiling. The encaustic floor tiles create a continuous pattern, and the feeling of freshness is emphasized by using soft blue color wall paint.

The ADU - The ADU is a 700 sq ft rental unit located in the basement of the house. Its design, is both historical and contemporary, echoing the Main House in style, yet retaining its own unique identity and charm. With a compact kitchen, quartz countertops, open living room/dining room, tiny – tasteful bathroom, sliding barn-bedroom door, and a utility/storage room with washer dryer. The Eastlake door hardware touches and our selection of wall sconces provide detailed touches for the interested renter.

  • Providing a full flow-redesign to create unity throughout the house
  • Creating the bathroom and kitchen design plans
  • Selecting beautiful finishes for the remodel (tile, stone, brick, glass)
  • Choosing paint colors
  • Selecting / designing window treatments
  • Choosing fixtures and hardware (faucets, cabinet pulls, door hardware etc.)
  • Providing lighting design (antique hardwired fixture procurement, both wall and ceiling mount)
  • Offering kitchen appliance consultation
  • Selecting hardwood flooring
  • Woodwork refresh