Home Q&A: Six-year remodel a daunting project, but worth the time and effort


Who: Steve and Kathy Reed; both 63.

Residence: Samish neighborhood, Bellingham.

Question: When did you acquire your residence?

Answer: We purchased the house in September 2003, but rented it out until we moved here from Ohio in June 2006.

Q: What's an interesting aspect of your home's history?

A: The home was built in 1950 with concrete block exterior walls. It has radiant hot-water heating in the ceiling (an innovative heating system at the time).

Q: How you have you changed your home?

A: We are nearing the end of a six-year complete home remodel, inside and out. Our plan was to make the spaces more functional and accessible and to create a more energy-efficient and sustainable dwelling.

The designs are Steve's and reflect a Pacific Northwest/industrial/Asian vibe. We've worked with local contractors and suppliers and nearly all of the materials are recycled or sustainably produced.

Kathy has replaced all the lawn area with vegetable and flower beds. Truthfully, it might be easier to tell you what hasn't changed!

Q: What's your favorite place, and why do you enjoy it?

A: Wow, it's hard to choose just one. But we will say the great room. We love curling up on the big red sectional with a good book, enjoying the views of our Japanese side garden and the bay.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge you've faced with your home?

A: Keeping sane? Staying married? Seriously, living through a years-long remodel is definitely challenging, but we believe the end result will be worth it.

We love our house, our wonderful neighborhood and this beautiful city we are so amazingly fortunate to be living in.

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