The project is the whole house renovation/addition to a small (two bedroom) early 1960’s mid century modern home. Our goals for the project were to maintain and enhance the original character of the home while incorporating a new master bedroom suite, family room, two-car garage and a complete redesign of the existing kitchen.
The front of the house incorporates new bluestone entrance landings, bordered by native plantings, which provide an elegant procession to the front door of the home. With the exception of the window (that replaces the old single car garage door), new entrance and landscaping the front façade remains unchanged from the original (see before photos).
To maintain the required setbacks and scale of the home the master bedroom addition is attached to the side and back of the existing house at 45 degrees, which also allows the new garage to be tucked in below at basement level while maintaining the existing site grades. Viewed from the street the addition is barely visible, the new shed roof just peaks above the main roof. The angle of the addition provides for park like views from the master bedroom while also creating a very private deck protected from the south sun by a large cantilever roof. Though the majority of the living space is on a single level the house also includes a new ‘pneumatic’ elevator for accessibility from the garage/basement level to the main floor.
Exterior materials for the project were selected to either match or complement the existing house. Existing materials repeated at the addition include cypress siding, brick and bluestone. New materials include the selective use of glass block, Cor-ten steel, ipe’ decking and rails, brass rain chains and stainless steel cables.
The interior maintains many of the original mid century modern design elements but opens the entire floor plan with a modern kitchen and large island adjacent to the existing dining room. Materials are simple, modern and durable: quarter sawn oak floors, quartzite and marble counters, mosaic ceramic tile and a vertical grain fir ceiling at the new master bedroom.