Partial renovation of the first and second floors of a single family, four-story house, including a new sunroom and freestanding carport featuring bespoke millwork and artwork.
The contrast between the historic house and the new additions is a rich textural experience highlighted by careful detailing and material selection, and whose function speaks to the inhabitants of the house.
The rear of the house was previously closed off from the living spaces within, with a screened porch off of the back [top, left].
The new sunroom makes the previous porch space more useable to the residents while opening up the views of the exterior to the inside. The mahogany trim on the window walls compliments the slatted sunscreen built overhanging the facade. The stairs are wrapped with a greenscreen to allow for a lush view of vegetation outside of the sunroom, complimenting the allee of Live Oak trees that line the street.
The new sunroom at the rear of the residence replaced a previously screened in porch.
Enclosing the space to be more useful to the Owner did not equate to blocking the exterior light, with the entire room lined with windows. The slatted sunshade at the rear keeps the space from becoming too warm in the summer months.
Warm materials were selected throughout the renovated kitchen. Bamboo plywood composes the custom millwork that wrap the existing exposed brick chimney revealed during the renovation.
White quartz countertops bring a clean and bright element to the work surfaces, and are complimented by a new quartz trim around the existing window behind the sink.
The kitchen opens up to the new sunroom, allowing views of the trees and vegetation outside and bringing a visual connection to the lush City Park area surroundings to the interior.
The connection to the light and greenery of the exterior enhances the experience of using the kitchen and breakfast area in the sunroom, with the white quartz countertops reflecting the light through the interior space.
The clean lines of the custom millwork and quartz countertops are carried into the detail of the cabinet and drawer handles- slim hardwood pulls are designed to be comfortable for use while strengthening the horizontality of the bamboo plywood cabinet and drawer faces when closed.
The previous kitchen is shown in the photos at the far left. A lack of storage led to cluttered surfaces and inefficient work spaces.
The brick fireplace was exposed as a feature around which custom cabinetry makes a compositional statement, providing closed storage as well as open shelves for cookbook, dinnerware and art display. The small area of backsplash below the open shelves was finished with cork tile to showcase family photos.
A view of the adjoining butler’s pantry, which connects the renovated kitchen with the dining room, shows the same use of materials in creating the wet bar for easy access during dinner parties.
This was formerly the laundry room, and is now an extension of the kitchen designed for entertaining.
Upstairs, the master bedroom was made more functional for the residents with the addition of a custom closet along one wall. A sliding, cast resin door allows for privacy while still allowing light to transmit between the enlarged hallway-turned-art gallery adjacent, reinforcing the the concept of openness and light in the renovation.
The enlarged hallway is another opportunity to showcase the owners’ art collection, with an openness that borrows natural light from all sides of the house in what was previously a dark, enclosed area. The master bedroom (right) and ‘his’ bathroom (end of hallway in left photo) both use the same cast resin sliding doors to keep the space bright even though it is located in the core of the house.
Her bathroom features a freestanding tub and doorless, stand-up shower with rainfall shower head and mosaic tile. The custom-designed vanity uses contrasting shades of wood to create a dynamic furniture piece.
The detail at the windows features solid stone trim and a perimeter reveal for a minimalist detail.
The carport is designed as a series of planes that create a room-like feel to the covered carport without compromising views and circulation through the yard.
The sunroom addition can be seen beyond the carport.
Top Left: The unique detailing of the carport emphasize its furniture like quality, a reference to the clients interest in art and design. The overlap of the wood slats add additional detail to the structure, while avoiding mitering of the dense wood species.
Top Right: The distinctive volumes of the storage shed and carport structure are emphasized by the shift in placement of the storage volume with the carport ceiling plane extending slighting above its roof. The polycarbonate wall of the shed serves the dual purpose of collecting borrowed natural light in daylight hours while turning the shed into a lantern at dusk.
Bottom: A thickened support plane on one side of the carport creates a bench that also functions as storage. The ipe wood cladding and exterior lighting contribute to the sense of warmth for the outdoor living space. The artwork, a bespoke feature of the carport, was created by artist Teresa Cole.
The polycarbonate wall of the shed serves the dual purpose of collecting borrowed natural light in daylight hours while turning the shed into a lantern at dusk. The reflectivity of the wood and concrete create an inviting space that is about much more than car storage.
A green roof composed of sedum planting trays gives green space and vegetation back to the yard. Sight lines from the breakfast nook and house windows were considered in the design and layout of the roof plane.