A Magnolia Midcentury Home Gets a Second-Story Addition

Axiom Design and Build adds a contemporary new floor to a midcentury home, providing the perfect blend of style and space for an extended family.

By Angela Cabotaje April 1, 2015 Published in the April 2015 issue of Seattle Met

• Complementary exterior materials unite the addition and the original home.
• Notches and bump outs give the second story a contemporary look.
• Desirable features, like windows and the brick facade, were salvaged during the strategic demolition.

Tim Donlan and Dennis Jumaquio’s midcentury
Magnolia home had a lot going for it. Great bones, charming sandstone-brick facade, a tastefully updated kitchen. But in 2010, with two sets of aging in-laws—all eager to stay with the couple and their young son—it was time for a major renovation.

Heeding the homeowners’ request to add more space and introduce a more contemporary style, Heather and John Cashman of Axiom Design and Build outlined a project plan that would dramatically change the home’s silhouette while salvaging some existing features. 


On the main floor, they left the kitchen, dining, and living areas untouched but reconfigured what used to be three bedrooms into a private guest suite with a bedroom, living space, and en suite bath for extended family. The carefully proportioned second-story addition houses three new bedrooms, a sitting area, and a full bath for the homeowners and their son.

To ensure that both floors conversed well visually, the design team riffed off the original brick facade, opting for rusted corrugated siding and sandy-colored stucco on the new exterior. A flat roof and several well-placed bump outs keep the second story from looking like a hulking mass.

“It’s definitely a more surgical approach to a remodel,” Heather Cashman says of renovating while protecting the original structure, “but it also allows our clients to keep more of the things they want.”

And that’s the point, Cashman adds. To keep the integrity of what’s good and make it that much better.

Architect and Contractor Axiom Design and Build, 206-283-9535


This article appeared in the April 2015 issue of Seattle Met magazine.


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