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July 7, 2020

The Starling’s Nest House

Architecture and Interior Design: Rerucha Studio

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

The Starling’s Nest

The Starling's Nest House in Seattle

A shared belief among architects and their clients is that architecturally significant homes are more valuable. On a personal level, a home that reflects and enriches a client’s life adds value daily. But, does the passion that created the home translate in resale?

The Starling's Nest House in Seattle, Washington

I was about to find out. My long-time client was selling his home. We had labored over this project for years with multiple phases. But, upon inspection, the real estate agent said the home was too masculine, too small and needed to be staged with “softer” touches. I held my ground, wondering quietly…will modern steel sell?

The Starling's Nest House in Seattle property The Starling's Nest House in Seattle, USA

The back story
Originally designed in 1952 by Perry Johanson of NBBJ, the house had periods of vacancy and disrepair; but the strong midcentury bones were there in the exposed car decking ceilings, heavy timber beams and the well-proportioned east-facing facade.

The Starling's Nest House in Seattle design by Rerucha Studio

The Starling's Nest House in Seattle, Washington

My client was a midcentury modern enthusiast and appreciated the authenticity of the house. We stripped down the interior and exterior, carefully keeping the integral mid-century features. Small rooms were removed and spaces opened to flow together. Modern appointments an outdoor conversation pit, steel sunshades, custom steel front door, completed the design. Without expanding the footprint of the house, it was transformed from modest to impactful. And now it was for sale.

The Starlings Nest Seattle by Rerucha Studio

A new story; a new owner
The client, a successful entrepreneur, founder of businesses; socially conscious; young and active. He woke up every morning for a year and searched the multiple listings looking for a special modern home that complimented his life. Disappointed, he had commissioned a well-known Seattle architect to build his dream home.

The Starlings Nest Seattle

Then he saw the listing for the Starlings Nest; drove by and made an offer the next morning. The refined materials, modern details, spatial composition and care that went into the design of the home, spoke to him. And the homes’ value was reaffirmed.

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The Starling’s Nest House, Seattle – Building Information

Architecture and Interior Design: Rerucha Studio, USA
Contractor: Caspers Built

Washington residence design by Rerucha Studio Washington residence built by Caspers Built

Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

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