A snow cone melting down my right hand, I’d squint – my gaze set on the still water. “It’s gotta be in there,” I’d think to myself. On the hottest of summer days, the pond in my childhood neighborhood sat so stagnant, you’d think you could walk right across it. Usually the only critters that cracked its glassy surface were mosquitos, but if you were lucky, you’d spot an alligator lurking just below. It feels like just yesterday that my three siblings and I were bopping around, getting into all sorts of shenanigans. I look back on those times with such fondness; the memories are so vivid. To this day, when I’m reminded of home, I can still feel the humidity near the pond and taste that strawberry cheesecake snow cone.
Sarah and Daniel Dupuis are also no strangers to childhood’s fleeting moments. Their three kids are growing up right before their eyes. With that in mind, the couple went about revamping their Seattle, WA home in order to keep a tight grip on their little ones’ childhood for as long as possible. The entire third floor is dedicated to crafting, riding scooters and generally just being a kid. All five family members have an artistic flair, and one of their favorite things to do is spend time together drawing and painting in the open space. With so many toys and tools, their home could easily slip into chaos. Sarah and Daniel, however, cleverly use the kids’ accessories to decorate the entire home, proving that plastic dinosaurs can be centerpieces, and finger paintings are fine art.
The home wasn’t always so cheery. It took the family a year and a half to update the century-old fixer-upper. For six months of the renovation, they even lived in the basement! Sarah says, “We set out to add on a second story with the bedrooms on the second floor, while retaining most of the first floor’s layout, but once we had demoed down to the studs, we found that the framing was pretty [uneven] and was literally just swaying in the wind. At that point, we decided to keep the foundation and footprint but otherwise start from scratch and go up.” All-in-all, their home shot up from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet.
The handy pair even tackled most of the renovations themselves after faulty contractor work left them feeling dejected. There are still some small changes that the Dupuis family want to crank out, but they couldn’t be happier with how their home currently stands. It truly is the hotbed of creativity and fun that Sarah and Daniel hoped to craft for their kids. Once you take a peek inside, I think you’ll agree that any child would be lucky to grow up in this fun family abode. Click through to take a full tour of the space. Enjoy! —Garrett