This massive, down-to-every-detail renovation began with the plumbing. The client was already undertaking piecemeal retrofits to make the house more efficient — replacing the roof and skylights, increasing insulation. But the good ol’ polybead plumbing began to leak and cause damage inside walls, and that’s when the renovation became an all-encompassing revamp of the whole home. The client wanted a clean, sleek, European sensibility, high-grain wood “that really looked like wood”, and larger (huge) and uber-efficient windows (tripled paned Gaulhofers, manufactured in Austria and craned into position) to maximize light and showcase their incredible northwest view. The husband in this couple is retired and takes pride in being the cleaner of the household, so had a high priority on low maintenance finishes. They also wanted interior doors, fixtures, and baseboards that disappear into the design. The kitchen was designed to appear minimalist but hold every appliance and spoon in a specially selected place. The floors throughout the kitchen, dining, front entry and hall, and living area were replaced with a large-scale bright porcelain tile in a softly distinctive hopscotch pattern. In the bedroom we used carpeting and the bathroom has a heated (matching-) tile floor.