HKP Architects is pleased to announce the completion of an addition and renovation for a residence in La Conner, Washington.

The owners of this architecturally designed existing house purchased it several years ago for its views and setting, but parts of the house didn’t quite fit with their lifestyle. They set out to reimagine the upper floor as an age-in-place, functionally appropriate living floor for the two of them. The best parts of the original design were maintained and a strategic new arrangement of spaces opened up new possibilities for living.

An addition was used to create a library/reading room overlooking the private east terrace. This also allowed for the primary bathroom to be expanded and the laundry to be moved near the bedrooms. The owners loved the natural light in the hallway between the entry and the bedrooms, so the addition was designed to allow for the new library and still naturally light this important circulation space, highlighting some of the owner’s beautiful artwork.


A formal office on the south end of the house was eliminated in order to open up the kitchen and dining area into one larger and light-filled space with a small desk area off the kitchen. This move completely reframed the light and feel of the three spaces, making them much more usable and pleasant throughout the day. The dining room now also has a large sliding door to the deck.

Outside, the water-facing decks were refurbished with new railings and decking, and the siding and trim were stained to provide a fresh, contemporary new look.

HKP loves to work with existing properties for both the challenges and opportunities they bring.


“When you are confined to existing parameters (and in this case, design review restrictions as well) you have to work creatively inside the box to make new spaces that fulfill the needs of the owners. Doing that well is really so rewarding,” notes Julie Blazek, partner on the project.

“We never imagined the possibilities in our house until we worked with Julie and Spencer, and we could not be happier with our new home,” say the owners.

HKP Architects has been providing architectural services to the Pacific Northwest since 1952. The firm focuses on civic buildings and spaces, educational facility planning and design, non-profit and community-oriented projects, and private homes. All of their projects emphasize long-term value for clients through efficient use of space, appropriate use of materials, sustainability, and the benefits of natural light. HKP Architects is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE)-certified firm.