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Making your House Your Home

Are you making some big decisions regarding your home?  Is your current space not meeting you or your family’s needs? Contemplating buying something new? Slow down, take a breath…evaluate the options so you can slowly make a decision.

Many people, due to changing lifestyles, consider purchasing a new home when their current residence doesn’t meet their daily or long term needs. Perhaps the kids have moved away; you’re spending less time commuting and need office space; or, maybe you just feel your house is not your ‘home.’

Generally, the first thought tends to go to moving to a new home to meet the changes. That’s not always the easiest decision, especially in the Seattle area.   According to Redfin (a popular, residential real estate company) in a report published by Builder in March of this year, Seattle is one of three cities in the country that has the nation’s tightest supply of home inventory available for sale. This leads to buyer bidding wars and higher than ever offers above asking prices. Read more.

With these current home sale statistics, many homeowners are deciding to “stay put.” They’re considering how to renovate their existing structure, and what choices are the best for them.  They may be thinking about larger spaces for growing families, planning for a home-based business, or just having more room for a fun, new hobby.

When making these major decisions,  look for an architect that understands your lifestyle and changing needs. An architect can help you decide which direction to go; perhaps adding a second story; renovating a lower level or basement; or adding on at the main level.  It could also be just the right moment to remodel an older structure enhancing it’s personality and allowing for greater usability. The decision becomes up, down or out?  At live-work-play, we talk to clients every day to help determine the best direction.

You may want to consider some of these trends for your renovation:

  • Bringing a decades old home to contemporary design and use
  • Adding flexible spaces – with multi-use guest room, office, storage,  exercise, play/hobby rooms
  • Creating a common space or hub – for gatherings with family and friends
  • Integrating indoor and outdoor rooms –  a space expansion, to relax and entertain
  • Energy efficient elements – incorporating personal values to reduce energy consumption.

With  personal,  professional customer service, at live-work-play we will get to know YOU and will discuss one-on-one the options for your project.  We are intuitive, creative and think outside the box when analyzing a home, making recommendations and customizing to your needs.   Learning and exploring a client’s goals are at the forefront of our process allowing us to create the right design to make your home more functional and beautiful.

Call us at live-work-play today, and we can help you make your house your home.







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live-work-play wins “Best Of Houzz 2015”

In an analysis of over 25 million monthly users, Houzz recently announced Seattle’s live-work-play was picked for top honors in its annual survey.

Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, announced the community’s picks for “Best Of Houzz 2015″, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals.

live-work-play received Customer Service honors in the Architect and Building Designers category, determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

Houzz connects people with the best home professional for their project by providing the only 360-degree view of a professional, from their portfolio, client reviews, awards and accreditations to their work style and expertise based on their participation in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community in recognizing the talented professionals on Houzz who are delivering incredible designs and delightful customer experiences.”

Architect and designer Sheri Newbold, founder of live-work-play, is honored to be featured as a Top Rated Remodeling Professional. “We focus on a personal, collaborative connection with our clients, along with a playful and artful approach to architecture and interior design,” says Newbold. “We enjoy weaving projects into the fabric of an existing neighborhood while providing unique designs.”

To meet Sheri, and learn more about live-work-play, attend the upcoming class, Up, Down, Out, or New?, at the Phinney Center in Seattle on February 28, 2015.


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Up, Down, Out or New? – Class presented by live-work-play Feb. 28

Learn how to analyze your home for additions, remodels or building a new structure.  You may have lived in your home for a long time or recently purchased it. You love the neighborhood but your home could function better for you and could better reflect your lifestyle. How do you go about changing it? What should you consider?

In this class we will discuss some of the decision parameters for adding on, remodeling within the existing structure, considering both, and building a new structure. Architect Sheri Newbold, owner of live-work-play, brings twenty years of design experience to this interactive seminar. Bring information with you: age and size of your home; how long you have lived there; what you love about it; what is not working; and what you think you need.

Up, Down, Out or New? – Saturday, Feb 28, 10 a.m. to noon;  Room 6, Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue North in Seattle. $20 for PNA members; public $25. Click here for details and to register.

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