This 1921 home in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood was renovated by architect Jim Burton of Blip Design. The original structure had a cramped, dark first floor and a cavelike, unlivable basement. Burton raised the original first floor 12 inches to transform the cramped basement into a comfortable living space with ample daylight from new windows and a glass door. He reconfigured the new, raised ground level, tearing out walls to open up the space. Burton also added a second floor, doubling the living space while remaining within the home’s original footprint. Though now twice its former size, the home’s many efficiency upgrades reduced its energy bills by $500 a year.
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