Working with a limited budget and a tight construction schedule, the Montlake remodel re-imagined the interior space of a 1949 bungalow to meet the needs of a family of three. The owner’s project brief called for a unified Living/Kitchen/Dining room, a master bathroom, and the addition of a shower to the powder room. In addition, the clients wanted the floor plan opened up to the greatest extent possible. Several decisions were made to restrain the construction budget: 1) no changes would be made to the exterior building envelope; 2) no major changes would be made to existing plumbing locations and 3) the clients would act as the general contractor with the help of a detail oriented architecture school grad who was a skilled and an experienced carpenter.With these limitations in place, the design sought to integrate the public spaces of the house while simultaneously opening the public and private zones of the house to each other. To achieve the first, the non-bearing partition walls dividing kitchen, dining and living rooms were completely removed. The resulting space runs the length of the house–from front yard to rear yard—and is defined by furniture and the pools of light from the existing skylights. Budget restrictions prevented the extension of the interior space to the exterior yards, but future connection is planned! To achieve the second objective, the central bearing wall was “pulled apart” to open diagonal views between public and private zones, and then casework inserted in the framed voids to provide a measure of screening. Using just these two strategies the interior was transformed from a series of closed rooms to an open plan that integrated public/private space. From start to finish the project took 4.5 months.