Before and After: A Raw Seattle Basement Becomes a Calming Retreat

In a 1900s home nestled in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, a doctor and IT professional and their two boys realized they needed more space to meet the needs of their young family. The basement proved to be the best place to carve out additional rooms, but it was going to take a lot of work to get the raw, unfinished space up to par. Enter designer Katie Hackworth, who, together with her husband Paul, founded the Seattle-based firm H2 Design + Build.

Hackworth transformed the family’s drab, mostly unused subterranean space into a bright, kid-friendly area perfect for her clients to spend time together as a family.