Meadowbrook Cabinet Basement

Located in a small Cape Cod style house in the Seattle’s Meadowbrook neighborhood, the benefits of compartmentalization have been taken to a new spatial level with this innovative remodel designed by PMDA and built by Karlstrom Associates.

In order to maximize space while also creating a private sanctuary, the architects conceptualized of the home’s basement as a piece of furniture; specifically, a cabinet to contain both utilitarian functions and surprises.

“Our Meadowbrook basement project was all about using every square inch possible in a small space,” founding architect Paul Michael Davis explains. “Our concept was to treat the space like a piece of furniture: in this case, a cabinet that holds all of the pragmatic spatial uses, such as the laundry facilities and HVAC in a wooden frame, and a carefully detailed bathroom. We designed a series of birch plywood volumes with sliding panels that conceal brightly colored spaces under the stairs and along the foundation wall for storage, laundry and utilities. The space is a quiet, neutral palette, except when the doors open. With our talented contractor, we developed a series of sliding, whitewashed wood doors to contain the utility elements.”

The homeowner loves being able to come home after a long day and relax in a highly efficient space that is free from both clutter and predictability, but displays a true dedication to craftsmanship.


lower/daylight basement level of existing 1940s bungalow




January 2018


Seattle, Washington USA


489 Sq. Ft.


Paul Michael Davis, Tiffany Chow, Graham Day


Swenson Say Faget


Karlstrom Associates, Dick McDonald, Jeff Stevens, Jones Van de Spuy

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