Before and After: 1960s apartments get modern facelift

Clean, open space perfect for cooking and entertaining

Clean, open space perfect for cooking and entertaining

The Dorchester Apartments started out as a rundown, ’60s style complex at 4857 Fauntleroy Way in West Seattle. Tucked on a quiet street near great shopping and restaurants, this twelve unit building needed serious renovation to match its up and coming location.

“Before we started working on the renovations for this property, it was functionally obsolete,” said Jim Snelling from Jamar Investments. “The building is in an A+ location close to a Rapid-Ride bus and other downtown amenities, but its closed-off, dated interior left a lot to be desired.”

Closed-off '80s kitchen before remodel

Closed-off ’80s kitchen before remodel

Updated kitchen

Updated kitchen

Jim added that the drab colors and closed-off floor plan weren’t conducive to modern city living, in spite of the building’s prime location off the West Seattle bridge.

The original kitchen was firmly planted in the past with its off-white color scheme, black grout lines, and dated appliances. By taking out the high countertops and enclosed U-shape of the original kitchen, each apartment now features an open concept perfect for entertaining guests.

The counter provides an easy to clean space for cooking, plus seating for three. A large, single-basin, stainless sink and brand new appliances ensure functionality and style in this refreshed kitchen.

The dark, dated bathroom before remodel

The dark, dated bathroom before remodel

The main focus of this renovation was to provide an open concept kitchen and living room in order to maximize the space in each one-bedroom unit.

In the bathroom, gray tile replaced the discolored previous flooring.  The Jamar team also added white subway tile in the shower to emphasize a clean, chic look.

“Diane helped us maximize the space, introducing a larger vanity and counter slab that’s easier to maintain that the original,” said Snelling.

These brand new one-bedroom apartments cater to individuals in the city looking to live in a central location of West Seattle without compromising on major appliances like in-unit washer and dryer. The new, upscale Dorchester speaks to the major audience of Seattle by delivering comfort, functionality, and style in the city.


The newly refreshed bathroom features white subway tile and matching cabinets

The new bathroom features white subway tile and matching cabinets

“The level of detail in customer service was so helpful to this project in particular. The Pius team understood our taste and translated our vision for the apartments into a design that met all our needs,” said Snelling. Designers at Pius chose a tasteful backsplash coupled with bold cabinetry and countertops to showcase the kitchen’s sleek, timeless style. Snelling added that his team was able to save time and added cost by taking advantage of Pius’s “one-stop shop” process that took care of everything from cabinets to knobs, appliances, and flooring in one place.

“My job is to take ugly and make it beautiful,” said Snelling. “Pius helped me pinpoint my vision for an elegant, luxurious apartment complex. They provided an affordable, high-quality solution for the entire remodel process.”