michelle quesada architect 

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The amazing Nautilus.
The amazing Nautilus.

The Nautilus is my Inspiration. This creature can respond instantly to its environment, thanks to the geometry around which its shell, its home, is organized.

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Capitol Hill Master Bath
Capitol Hill Master Bath

A breathtaking room, transformed from a spare room to a place of graceful repose.

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Capitol Hill Master Bath
Capitol Hill Master Bath

Twin vanities flank the entry to the Bathroom.

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Capitol Hill Master Bath
Capitol Hill Master Bath

Working with non-negotiable existing elements insures a successful project. Windows, radiators and 2x4 floor structure-the challenge sparked creativeness.

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Capitol Hill Master Bath
Capitol Hill Master Bath

Timeless.

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View Ridge Craftsman
View Ridge Craftsman

This is a before photo. Our work included removing the existing half story, plus an addition to the back of the house, and renovating all existing spaces.

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View Ridge Craftsman
View Ridge Craftsman

Here you can see the new Second Floor. We added a sweet entry roof and craftsman style trim.

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View Ridge Craftsman
View Ridge Craftsman

Entrance close up. The carpenter's work is superb.

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View Ridge Craftsman
View Ridge Craftsman

Note the brackets, the dentils. The look of the house was completely transformed.

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View Ridge Craftsman
View Ridge Craftsman

A sweet detail shot of the screen door rail.

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Vashon Straw Bale
Vashon Straw Bale

Turns out that the first Little Pig was right... Working closely with King County, this house represents months of collaboration with officials to permit the first Straw Bale Home in the County. There was a contingent that visited the site regularly, impressed with the materials, the building process and the results.

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Vashon Straw Bale
Vashon Straw Bale

Some clear finished wood adds a nice contrast to the site-produced exterior plaster.

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Vashon Straw Bale
Vashon Straw Bale

This Garden Shed was built at the UW, then tested for a year for moisture within the Bales. The Straw remained under the required maximum moisture level of 19%.

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Vashon Straw Bale
Vashon Straw Bale

The Straw can be carved to soften the way light enters an opening.

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Vashon Straw Bale
Vashon Straw Bale

The Truth Window, a tradition in straw bale homes.

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Ballard Renewal
Ballard Renewal

This is a before photo!

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Ballard Renewal
Ballard Renewal

Expanding into a spare room, the Bathroom becomes an event.

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Ballard Renewal
Ballard Renewal

Same home, another before photo. The window remained as is, but we removed the adjacent wall.

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Ballard Renewal
Ballard Renewal

Without the wall, the Kitchen becomes a place to cook, gather with friends, and relax.

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Ballard Renewal
Ballard Renewal

Here is the same Kitchen, from the opposite direction. Glass cabinets allow light to pass through to and from the Kitchen and Dining Room.

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Bellevue Pool Installation
Bellevue Pool Installation

Pool delivery! The unit was craned over the house and gently placed in the Basement. Great teamwork, as you can imagine, was the key.

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Bellevue Pool Installation
Bellevue Pool Installation

Here's the installed pool. A path of pebbles leads to the backyard deck.

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Bellevue Pool Installation
Bellevue Pool Installation

Adjacent to the Pool: a Sauna and Exercise Room.

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Bellevue Pool Installation
Bellevue Pool Installation

Ready for a workout.

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Bellevue Pool Installation
Bellevue Pool Installation

After exercising, relax with the Family.

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Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen
Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen

The spectacular view is framed by an existing window.

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Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen
Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen

Our client is an avid chef. Cooktop on the island suited her style.

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Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen
Lower Queen Anne Dream Kitchen

The ever challenging cabinet in the corner became an opportunity for displaying favorite cookbooks.

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Mount Baker Kitchen and Bath
Mount Baker Kitchen and Bath

Removing walls gave connection and better function to this classic home.

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Mount Baker Kitchen and Bath
Mount Baker Kitchen and Bath

The landing at the top of the stairs became a gorgeous bathroom.

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Fauntleroy Historic Restoration
Fauntleroy Historic Restoration

A significant residence from Seattle's past underwent a complete restoration, including electrical and mechanical systems. This is a before shot.

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Fauntleroy Historic Restoration
Fauntleroy Historic Restoration

Refreshed and restored. Windows, specialty hardware, surface restoration, new paint and redesigned landscaping gave this beautiful residence a new lease on life.

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Fauntleroy Historic Restoration
Fauntleroy Historic Restoration

The 1970s were not kind to most kitchens. This is a before shot.

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Fauntleroy Historic Restoration
Fauntleroy Historic Restoration

Now the Kitchen is a hub for family time and entertaining. It features place for the family to dine informally, a separate baking area, a cozy couch and new cherry cabinets and painted restored casework.

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Fauntleroy Historic Restoration
Fauntleroy Historic Restoration

The Owner's Suite. Calm and elegance.

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West Seattle Mid-Century Modern
West Seattle Mid-Century Modern

A before photo to which many of us can relate! In the next photo you will see that the window and sink location remained the same. The bearing wall between the Kitchen and the Dining Room will be removed.

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West Seattle Mid-Century Modern
West Seattle Mid-Century Modern

Walnut cabinets replaced the 1950s originals. Pink tile became engineered quartz counters. Owner and friend congratulate each other on a job well done.

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West Seattle Mid-Century Modern
West Seattle Mid-Century Modern

Another before photo from the Dining Room side. Watch the wall disappear in the next photo.

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West Seattle Mid-Century Modern
West Seattle Mid-Century Modern

Wow! What a difference. The Owners are loving the openness and simple beauty.

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West Seattle Mid-Century Modern
West Seattle Mid-Century Modern

The subtle pattern of this fun tile from Ann Sacks keeps the design simple, yet adds interest and texture.

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Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel
Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel

I love these before shots! The Owners love the original stone flooring and chose to keep it. Now note the closet and all the structural framing in front of the Kitchen. Next shot-it all goes away.

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Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel
Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel

Now we have an open floor plan for a growing family. Flagstone was removed from the location of the new Kitchen Island to fill in the space where the closet once stood.

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Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel
Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel

Remember this cabinet style? Not particularly appealing.

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Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel
Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel

Yes-this is the same view! The center window that overlooked the neighbors wall was replaced with the range. We added two low windows for light. Dark cherry is elegant with glass tile to keep it fun.

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Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel
Blue Ridge Mid-Century Remodel

A closer look.

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Lake Union Floating Home
Lake Union Floating Home

Upper floor plan. Floating homes require a disciplined approach to design. Proximity of neighbors, view corridors, and limited square feet offer an opportunity for creative design conversation.

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Lake Union Floating Home
Lake Union Floating Home

This is a design rendering. You can see from the next photo the translation from 2D to reality! The Owners opted for grey rather than the red I suggested here.

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Lake Union Floating Home
Lake Union Floating Home

Same view, actual building. HardiPanel and cedar are beautiful together. The stairs are to the roof top deck.

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Lake Union Floating Home
Lake Union Floating Home

The stairs coupled with the entry provide both a focal point and interesting relief to the facade.

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Lake Union Floating Home
Lake Union Floating Home

And so fun at night. The slip's position in the marina allow it to be glanced at from I5. The glow of the corner can be spied from the freeway if you know where to look.

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Welcome

I am looking forward to meeting you and starting our conversation about your Project.

Please browse these photos - behind each is a good story; each began with a conversation.

None were possible without a clear plan and excellent collaboration.