Working with Seattle architects Lyle and Meredith Grant, the Marinellos kicked off the renovation in 2004, removing interior walls and shuffling rooms. To control costs, they decided to maintain the existing foundation and roofline. Only 200 square feet were added when a porch was enclosed to enlarge the kitchen and family room. "Our strategy was to keep our budget to the interior," Susan says. "The significant changes we wanted to make were inside. It wasn’t so much that we needed space. It was more the configuration and layout that needed to be improved."
The floor plan was reconfigured so rooms easily connect via wide doorways and halls. Susan carved out a spacious foyer with a new open staircase to the lower level. "I wanted a large point of entry that felt like a gathering place where we could have art." A wide doorway connects the foyer to the living room, with its northern and eastern exposures.
Round table: Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, 800/592-2537, trade only.
Star lantern: Imports from Marrakesh Ltd., 212/675-9700, importsfrommarrakesh.com.
Rug: Tufenkian Carpets, 800/753-7847, tufenkiancarpets.com.
Accessories: owner’s collection.