Originally purchased in 1997 this 1908 Ballard house had no light switches, only pull chains. The kitchen was fitted with a circa 1950's electric stove. The heating was provided by a single large electric box wall mounted heater in the living room.

The house was sited 16 inches from the west property line and given the narrow lot configuration, any development was by necessity going to be a remodel in order to maintain the width of the future structure.

Marvin Wetzel spent four months studying Seattle land use codes and then with architect Ray Freeman as the designer, they designed a single family residence with an approved top floor ADU.
 
  The existing house was raised with steel beams and hydraulic jacks, the lowest floor demolished, the site excavated underneath the house to allow for a full lower floor, and a new foundation and floor framing system was put in place. The house was lowered on to this new foundation and the top floor walls and roof replaced with a new two story structure.

The roof line and siding scheme was designed to not only give a long lasting and maintenance free finish but invoke a bit of the Ballard maritime heritage.

Eventually every square inch of the lot was detailed, with planting, walkways, patios, and a deck.
 
   
Ray C. Freeman III
Ray C. Freeman III
Registered Architect
rayiii@workshop3d.com
(206) 349-3147

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Marvin L. Wetzel
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mlwgc1@gmail.com
(206) 271-4418
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