The Yukevich House – 1811 8th Ave W

1811 8th Ave W, 2016This wasn’t their first new home project together, however, they were expecting it to be their last.  Mike and Kelly Yukevich broke ground on 1811 8th Ave W in 2009 while living in North Queen Anne.

A co-Founder of Shilshole Development,  Mike worked with his team to complete The Residences at Nob Hill in Queen Anne at 2209 Nob Hill Ave N in 2009.  With a goal to harmonize with the neighboring homes, architect Michael G. Dooley (1962-2014) designed the Yukeviches’ personal residence on 8th Ave W with a similar intention.  Box-beam ceilings, division of space by column-topped half-walls, white trim-work, bay windows, and subterranean garages are found at both Nob Hill and 8th Ave W.

Demolished in 2009
Demolished in 2009

The current home at 8th Ave W replaced a deteriorated Craftsman that was owned for most of its life by John G. Barr.  Remaining from the original home is the Deodar cedar tree, which became a certified Heritage Tree in 2011.  With a diameter of 44 inches, the towering cedar is considered a divine tree by some cultures, and is the national tree of Pakistan.

Meandering past the Heritage Tree to the gracefully low front porch you are welcomed into a beautifully appointed entry.  A surprising two-story grand hall pulls you into the house after passing the front den with its own fireplace and built-ins.  A decked-out half bath and an intimate formal dining room are also to your right.  By this point, if you hadn’t already taken off your shoes, you would want to once you made it to the comfortable and open living room and kitchen.

With another gas fireplace roaring in the living room and music playing over the whole-house sound system, it’s easy to imagine entertaining friends.  Smartly situated off of the living room is a covered porch where you can dine al fresco, rain or shine.  Not to be outdone by the other living spaces on the main floor, the porch has its own gas fireplace and a built-in gas grill.  The back of the house enjoys expansive views of Magnolia, the Sound, and the Olympic Mountains.

Master BedroomThe second floor master suite is appointed with an extra wide walk-in closet, an oversized bathroom with a double shower, and an office with built-ins.  You will find yourself gravitating toward the king- size bed which provides the best position to see sweeping views and another gas fireplace.  This level also has two bedrooms at the front of the house, a bathroom with double sinks, and a well-placed laundry room.

The top level of the home has cathedral ceilings, two bedrooms, a bathroom, its own living room …  and of course, unrivaled views.

With the intention of growing into this house, the Yukeviches had the lowest level designed to flex with their needs.  Currently, the lowest level has a full bathroom and a bonus room with French doors leading to the terraced back yard.  However, this level also has a two-bedroom 1,000 square foot ADU that is currently rented.  The design of the basement allows for one of the ADU bedrooms to easily switch and become a part of the main house, or the entire ADU can be recaptured.  Entry to the separated ADU is from the back yard.  The yard sits on top of an oversized 3-car garage that is accessed from a dead-end alley.

With built-in sound and security systems, video cameras, multiple on-demand hot water tanks, dual high-efficiency furnaces, and a built-in sprinkler system, the Yukeviches did not forget to add the luxury of modern living even though the goal was to harness the charm of the neighborhood and design an elegant and astute home.

The Yukeviches sold the home in 2016.