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van buskirk residence

The Van Buskirks live in a home on Bainbridge Island, built in the 1970’s. They wish to remodel all areas of the main floor except the kitchen. Mr. Van Buskirk is an engineer and works from home. Mrs. Van Buskirk runs the thrift shop on Bainbridge Island and loves antiques. The Van Buskirks favor blues, grays, rust tones, golds and some lavender. Mr. Van Buskirk would like to incorporate his nautical art into the office design, and Mrs. Van Buskirk would like to display her antique collection throughout the home. Although the Van Buskirks lean towards a more traditional style, they are not afraid to include some modern elements in the design of their home. They also love built-in storage units, and would like to incorporate them wherever possible.

concept & client profile

owner requests • Add second fireplace to living room, with a flat screen television mounted above • Incorporate built-in storage throughout the home, wherever possible • Create a seating area where the fireplace, television and outside view can all be seen from one vantage point • Create a modest office space for Mrs. Van Buskirk in the living room • Create a reading nook and an area to play games in the living room • Add a powder room on the main level • Remodel master bedroom and bathroom; include walk-in shower, double sinks and large bathtub • Create a reading nook in the master bedroom • Include a desk in the office that takes advantage of the view and also has enough room for two computer screens


Custom built-ins give Mrs. Van Buskirk space to display her antiques and provide additional storage.

Custom glass panels slide on a track and cover the television while entertaining guests.

A seating group just off the dining room serves as both a reading nook and a place where the Van Buskirks can play games.

living & dining room

The master suite was re-configured to include a walk-in closet, a more spacious master bath and a reading nook.

master suite

Van Buskirk Residence  
Van Buskirk Residence  

Van Buskirk Residence