The existing house 1920’s suburban house is set on a leafy knoll next to a pond. Its picturesque high gables and leaded windows belied problems inside—a cramped, dark kitchen with failing fixtures, ugly cabinetry, and cracked floor tiles. Initially the client had imagined renovating the kitchen and adding a sunroom. This option proved to be impractical as the only sympathetic site for an addition was on the north facade. The architects suggested that the existing kitchen should be converted into a den with a new 300-square-foot kitchen added to the north facade.
Design concept and solution:
The gable end of the house contained the dining room with the master bedroom above. The concept was to extend the house with a volume that corresponded exactly to the gable, thus maintaining the scale and form of the house. A band of glass was introduced to separate the existing structure from the new and further abstract the connection between the two. The resulting double-height space is flooded with natural light and is the antithesis of the cozy cottage interior aesthetic of the original house, together they balance and compliment each other. A single story glass corridor links the addition back to the new den and provides a new entry point for the back door.