When I first met owners Ken and Lisa Chovil, they were looking for a general contractor that could work well with their designer, Christine Coder, to upgrade their home in Bellingham’s Ridgemont neighborhood. It had long been their dream to update the interior and add more storage. Over the course of the project, there were many great collaborations that transformed the Chovils’ ‘80s home into a modern retreat.

In the end, we were able to accomplish their vision within a sensible budget. Christine spent months designing every aspect of what is now a perfect oasis. Our team truly enjoyed working alongside Christine as well as the homeowners, employing creative solutions and ingenuity to make the final details shine.

This home features many modern upgrades from glass tile to custom fir built-ins, bringing the outdoors in and culminating in a true Pacific Northwest retreat.

Contractor: CB Premier Construction LLC
Interior Designer: Christine Coder
Photography: Peter James Photo Studio

Exterior Entrance: Bold colors and sharp lines shape this mid-century modern feel, with 3-inch clear cedar bevel siding and tigerwood decking with a contrasting radius face. The new front entry addition really added a whole new look to an old home. With large windows and a rounded hardwood step, this entry is one-of-a-kind.

Interior Foyer: A fabulous touch sets the exterior cedar against the beautiful texture of natural slate flooring. Our goal was to bring the outdoors in using flagstone flooring and cedar accents.

Master Bath: One of the home’s highlights is this walk-in shower wrapped in sea glass tile featuring dramatic glass panels and a rainfall showerhead. The counter-to-ceiling one-piece mirror adds to the dramatic effect and makes the room feel even bigger than it already is. To pay homage to the clients’ love for marine sporting, we added stainless nautical cleat hardware on the double sliding doors. This room also offers heated tile flooring and floating, under-lit cabinets.

Living Room: After removing a few existing walls, we were able to bring the original fireplace back to life with large-format tile and a built-in fir mantel and
shelving unit. We kept the existing wood-burning fireplace and added fir cabinetry and tile. With the under-lit hearth, this room lights up with a warm glow even without a fire burning.

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