Ada's Technical Books & Cafe occuppies a remodeled home in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The impetus for the project was to create the "book retailer of the future." Achieving this vision required an adaptive reuse design, an addition and a pioneering approach to the neighborhood bookstore. The challenge would be to convert a dilapidated single-story Craftsman into a refurbished mixed-use project. The owners were dedicated to creating a balance of history and modern sustainability, so architect Jeff Pelletier imagined the building like an aged book cover with crisp, clean pages on the inside. In order to connect the space with the street-scape, Pelletier added a raised front porch for cafe seating.
The subtle use of finishes, along with the highly functional use of space, creates a comfortable craftsman-style kitchen. The Alder cabinets and Juparana Capuccino granite countertops blend beautifully to warm up the blue walls. Bosch appliances ensure this space is not only stylish, but functional as well.
A large globe pendant hangs over the dining room table, a contemporary accent in a space otherwise brimming with craftsman character. Navy blue paint adorns the upper third of the room -- including the ceiling -- allowing the intricate woodwork to shine.
Gray-Blue Craftsman Home With Neutral Stone Walkway
This stunning craftsman home features a gray-blue stucco and neutral stone exterior. A blend of gray stones, neutral stone slabs and concrete make up the walkway that extends from the driveway to the lime green front door.
Craftsman Blue Double Vanity Bathroom With Penny Tile Floor and Painted Ceiling
Penny tile provides a great texture in this bright, double vanity bathroom. A black marble countertop contrasts the light blue walls and ceiling and white cabinetry. The mounted medicine cabinet mirrors are trimmed with a traditional white border, and contemporary mounted light fixtures spread even lighting over both sinks.
Blue Craftsman Bathroom With Penny Tile Floor and Hooks for Towels
Blue penny tile flooring brings a great texture to this contemporary blue and white bathroom. The split wall features white paneling at the bottom and a soft blue paint color on the top. Three mounted hooks are perfect towel storage next to the white, glass door cabinet.
In the fall of 2013, a single-story Craftsman was remodeled into a cafe and bookstore combo with a local, sustainable design that fosters community and commerce. The project attracted the attention of Historic Seattle and received the very high honor of their "Preserving Neighborhood Character Award" for transforming a humble house into an inviting community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.