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Mill Creek Remodel


My clients wanted to give their outdated 1970s home on the golf course a modern facelift, but weren’t sure how to make that happen. They wanted it to feel cozy and updated as well as create an inviting home for entertaining with friends and family. Additionally, sustainability and the use of healthy materials was top of mind due to their sensitivity to mold and toxic chemicals. All of the cabinetry and hardwood flooring are Green certified.

They also wanted help purchasing furnishings for the living room, dining room & primary bedroom as they were at an impasse making decisions, for fear of making the wrong decision and wasting money.


This house originally had extremely large hallways in both the entry and cutting through the kitchen to the back family room, as well as several sets of double doors that were never closed. We took that as an opportunity to take unused hallway space and an oversized powder bath and gave my clients a much needed mud room from the garage combined with a laundry room, a walk-in pantry, and made a smaller powder bath underneath the stairwell. Despite having narrowed the hallways, it still feels grand upon entering, with plenty of room to navigate through the house.

The 1-person,  U-shaped kitchen was cramped and limited counter space. We expanded by taking space from the extra wide hallway, creating an L-shaped kitchen with an island, and providing a walk-in pantry for much-needed storage.

The primary bathroom was odd with the vanity open to the bedroom and the tub, shower & toilet in a separate room, with the tub taking up the majority of that space. Without adding additional square footage, we reworked to include all of the bathroom amenities into one room, yet it still feels spacious and light.



Contractor: Tenhulzen Painting & Construction Partners
Photographer: Matthew Gallant, Clarity Northwest Photography


Fabricator: Unknown
Cabinet Maker: Duncan Woodworks, Seattle


Tesoro wood flooring
Artistic tile in laundry
Silestone countertops
Waterstone kitchen faucet
Schwinn cabinet hardware
Subzero refrigerator
GE Monogram appliances
Duravit toilet in powder bath
Primary bath tile: United tile, Pental, & Statements
Primary bath plumbing: Kohler, Toto, Hansgrohe & Americh
Furnishings: American Leather, Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Dinec

  • Melinda Slater has been amazing to work with. We were originally daunted by what seemed like an overwhelming project but Melinda listened to our goals and helped us clarify our tastes and the feeling we were hoping to achieve in the space - ultimately pulling together a design plan that exceeded our expectations.  Melinda's superpowers are space planning, attention to detail, and the ability to envision what's possible. We are super happy with the outcome - Melinda’s attention to detail and ability to envision what’s possible created a home with beautiful flow, cohesive color and texture combinations and greatly enhanced utility. Most importantly, we have achieved the modern look and feel we wanted inside while remaining harmonious with the original 1970’s-style PNW design. We would recommend Melinda without reservation and will work with her again given the opportunity.

    Charles & Val