Posted on July 19, 2011
I love old homes. There is a sense of history and belonging that is difficult to replicate in new construction. The first visit to this home was quite exciting. The lines are incredibly strong and just looking at it, it feels like a “Storybook” home. Unfortunately the home had a tenant who was quite hard on the place. As client and architect, our goal was to breathe new life into it and make it great again.
The home was built in the late 1920′s, so the original builder could not foresee our modern lifestyle. The rooms were small with low ceilings, and the front door enters right into the living room without transition. So the goal was to update the plan while restoring the charm of the style.
Two options were presented initially. The first was to keep the home relatively intact while just updating the exterior. The second option included updating the floor plan and opening up the spaces to give them height and character. The sketch on the right is Option Two as selected by the owner. The living space on the left is increased, the upstairs bedroom is provided a balcony and additional height, and the entry is moved to the left with an added vestibule.
Sketches really are our best guess at the time on how the house will look and flow. Moving from the sketches to developing the design, there are always compromises to accommodate the reality of construction. This next image is how the project appeared after after working drawings were created (prior to permitting) from the sketches. The creativity involved in first designing the home, now switches to creative ways to include yet hide the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing. Also researching and adding the detailing that is implied in the style, but currently missing. That way the new is not just a modern version of the previous, but complete in style and feel, completing the original intent.
And the house has begun to unfold…+ See more of this project here.