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Sunday, May 23, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
AIA Open House
By Elizabeth Rhodes
The architect: David Foster of David Foster Architects. Working with a tight budget, he had to figure out ways to minimize costs. One major budget-stretcher was keeping the existing house's footprint. He also used such cost-savers as simple melamine plastic cabinetry.
The owners: Mike and Laurie Hilton. Their wish list included relief from low ceilings, narrow hallways and small windows. They also wanted a loftlike ambience, which the new second story provided. It has 12-½-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The contractor: Hilton Construction.
The size: 3,103 square feet.
Project cost: $538,000. (This figure represents what the project would have cost if the owner hadn't also been the contractor. The actual cost, excluding sales tax, was $472,000.)
Tour hours: noon-4 p.m. today only.
Address: 4540 45th Ave. N.E. Seattle.
Driving directions: From I-5, take the Northeast 45th Street exit. Travel east on Northeast 45th Street to 45th Avenue Northeast. (Do not bear left as Northeast 45th Street becomes Sand Point Way.) At 45th Avenue Northeast, turn left and go half a block to the house.
The Seattle Times/AIA Open House program began in 1954. Projects are selected by the Seattle Chapter, AIA Open House committee.
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