Beautiful Basement Remodel







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I was fortunate to participate in this beautiful basement remodel of a lovely 1909 house on Capitol Hill, in Seattle.  The owners wanted to make this new  basement just as lovely as the rest of their house. I think they succeeded!


Home Remodels and New Houses

Welcome to my blog on Home Remodels and New House Design.  You can look at home remodels I have done in the Seattle area, and ask your questions about your own house.  I look forward to hearing from you.
-Alan Ness (zenArchitect)
PS: I teach meditation in Ballard on Tuesday nights.  More information is at or  And feel free to ask about meditation as well. -AN

Bathroom Remodels



 Bathroom renovations are a classic remodel that has been consistently popular.  Many renovations simple remove all fixtures and finishes and replace them.  But sometimes a small design touch can make a world of difference. 

The “Japanese” bath (above: double-click to enlarge) dramatically moved the location of the toilet and shower for great results.  A former powder room (above) becomes a family bathroom by breaking through into an adjoining closet and place a shower in it. 

Finally, the bathroom is a great place to be bold with color.  Push yourself  and think about a dynamic color scheme that you might be shy about using in a larger room in your house.


In my class in Ballard, we started with the theme of  “making friends with yourself” as a metaphor for meditation. I went on to discuss the bravery of acturally sitting down with yourself without distraction.  But I want to go back to the theme of “not judging.”  This is the essence of the meditation technique.  We practice it over and over again while sitting.  This is valuable, because it starts to make a dent in our daily life.  It is amazing how we are subtly judging everything and everyone around us.  Relaxing our ‘judging” is a good first step in accepting ourselves and opur world.  And this loosens us up to accept reality, and maybe even get a little happier.


Even our computer
Could be a bit dignified
And let us breath out


Weatherization Class:Come to the NW Eco-Building Guild class on Weatherization, featuring two great presenters with lots of practical advice.  January 28 from 7 – 9 PM at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue N.  See:

Meditation Class: I am teaching meditation for beginners in Ballard (Seattle) at 1423  NW 70th Street. The class is every Tuesday at 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  See:

PNA Home Remodel Fair: I will be exhibiting at the Phinney Fair on Sunday Feb. 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  See:

Free Design Services: There will be a raffle for free design services for your home at the Phinney Fair. All you need to do is sign in.

Recent Remodels

I am starting work on a two-story addition in Ravensdale, WA.

Cedar Park Renovation - New Entry

Cedar Park Renovation - New Entry

Just saw a dormer addition/ interior renovation design now under construction in North Seattle (Cedar Park). The house is gutted and the owners are living in the basement (way to go!). The new layout and rooms look great.

Also visited a major three-story interior renovation in Ballard. Kitchen cabinets and tile going in, as well as tiling in the bathroom upstairs. Owners have sensibly rented an apartment for the duration.
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