David Newcomb


(206) 799-3833


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Additions and Renovations

Sakya Monastery Library Addition

I revised the existing library design for Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism located in the Greenwood district of Seattle in order to economize a previous effort. I worked closely with the owner to work out a design to meet his financial as well as functional needs. The added features included a wheelchair ramp, skylights and custom book cases.

Annex Addition: (still under construction)

My second project for the Monastery was a 500 square foot, two story addition that was urgently needed to house the growing collection of religious texts as well as a much needed maintenance shop and retail store.

My zoning expertise and knowledge of the variance process allowed us to accomplished the owners goal of adding more floor space to a very tight lot. The successful variance proposal was matched with my design that compliments the existing 1926 building.

Sakya Monastery Library Interior

Kitchen Renovation in Seattle

The Kitchen before:

The owner and I teamed up to expand and renovate her kitchen in an early 20th century bungalow. The owners primary concern was to retain the historic fabric both on the interior and exterior while giving the kitchen a major upgrade.

The Kitchen before.


The Kitchen after:

We worked out a more efficient plan and expanded into the mud room for the new kitchenette and pantry. All finishes and new windows were carefully chosen to match the existing design.

The Kitchen after.

House Addition in West Seattle

The House before:

These home owners wanted a 300 square foot family room addition which included vaulted ceilings, a 3/4 bath, handicap ramp, window seat and deck with hot tub. They also wanted to add a dining room to thier craftsman style home.

The house before.

The House after:

With my zoning expertise I was able to provide a functional design which smoothly integrated into the existing plan and narrow lot. All this is in keeping with the architecture style providing the owner with a more functional and beautiful home plus the benefit of enhancing the value of the property.

The house after.