A Seattle house was the nation's top remodeling project last year, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

The group named Seattle's Book House as the Remodel of the Year in its 2014 Best in American Living Awards. The project overhauled a 1920s Tudor-style brick house, updating systems and opening up small, dark spaces, according to a news release. "The owner wished to respect the original architecture while seeking a fresher, more accessible residence that included a detached two-car garage with a studio/caregiver space accessible by an exterior spiral stair."
The new materials used in the home are blackened, structural and architectural steel beams, columns and staircase coupled with rift white-oak flooring, casework, interior doors and minimalistic trim. With a now straight and flat building, super-smooth, level-five drywall became the canvas for the Bookshelves, art and the unique skylight-illuminated word wall. The elevator-accessed upper floor master suite has a sophisticated decor with contemporary finishes and fixtures, and space planning maximized the suite's exceptional lake and mountain views.
DeForest Architects designed the project, which Prestige Residential Construction carried out. NB Design Group was the interior designer and merchandiser.

"To remodel a home and have the finished product look as though that's how it as has always been isn't the easiest of feats," 2014 BALA Chairman Stephen Moore said in the release. "The design and construction team has done just that with this elegant and charming home."For additional information on this remodel visit NAHB.###