West Seattle home gets a visit from ‘Ask This Old House’

“I did my best to represent West Seattle,” Patrick King says, after a visit to his Gatewood home this past week by the show “Ask This Old House.” Patrick and wife Chelsea – in the photo above with the show’s crew and a local subcontractor and lighting tech – bought the mid-20th-century-built house on SW Elmgrove in 2011. He says they contacted “Ask This Old House” to seek help with their kitchen floor last November. Then, two months ago, they were contacted when the show started looking for projects in this area. For the show, they learned how to install crown molding, which Patrick says “really looks great.” Contractor Tom Silva hosted the show filmed here, he says, flying in from Boston this past Tuesday with associate producer Heath Racela; Patrick took them to lunch at Cactus on Alki, and he says they “used the Seattle founding monument on Alki as the opening scene for their show” – here’s a photo he took of Silva and the crew by the water:

Racela tweeted this photo of the project in progress at the Kings’ home:


The episode will stream online first, possibly as soon as this September, in a Seattle episode that also included two homes from Issaquah: “I’m proud I was able to influence the show with a little West Seattle flavor,” Patrick told WSB. “It was an exhausting couple of days but it was really fun.”

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9 Replies to "West Seattle home gets a visit from 'Ask This Old House'"

  • Char June 30, 2013 (7:16 pm)

    Welcome to the other coast, Tom Silva and crew! What excitement for Seattle. Thanks to those Gatewood folks for making the effort to contact the show.

  • Randy June 30, 2013 (8:34 pm)

    An appropriate choice: lots of mid-20th century homes in West Seattle (I’m sitting in one now) and about the same vintage as the Space Needle.

  • lala2mom June 30, 2013 (9:58 pm)

    Think they are interested in working on a 1908 house in West Seattle? Very typical of our turn-of-the-century houses, very in need of improvements! :)

  • Ask This Old House July 1, 2013 (10:53 am)

    Actually, the new season premieres on PBS on Thursday, October 3, 2013 (check your local listings). Once the episode airs on PBS it will be posted to http://www.thisoldhouse.com for viewing.

  • West Seattle Tool Library July 1, 2013 (11:05 am)

    So cool! Thanks for bringing Ask This Old House to West Seattle, Patrick & Chelsea. Had we known they were in town, we definitely would have made them take a tour of the tool library! :-)

  • Morgan July 1, 2013 (11:38 am)

    I love that show. Will look for this episode. I’ve got a 1912 craftsman, could use a second floor remodel!

  • Sean Sporbert July 1, 2013 (8:51 pm)

    We had a blast doing the crown. Patrick and Chelsea were gracious hosts. It was a dream come true for me to work with Tom Silva as the behind the scenes carpenter.

  • Colleen Powers July 2, 2013 (11:40 am)

    My parents Frank and Margaret Crawford built this
    house and it is where my two brothers, one sister and I grew up – so this is very special. When the house went up for sale in 2011 I wanted to go and see it but it sold before I was able to. My father is still alive so it will be fun for us all to see the changes.

  • M. July 2, 2013 (6:37 pm)

    Welcome back! It’s the 2nd visit to West Seattle by the Ask This Old House crew! A few years ago a WS home was featured, and they also had a presentation at the recently opened Delridge Home Depot.

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