Oakhill Modern

program summary

This small 1950’s ranch needed more room to modernize while the disturbance to the property was minimized to capitalize on the established growth and maturity of the 1.5 acre property.

program statement

The original home, only a 3 bedroom and 2 bath, was a typical 1-story ranch home and was lost within the heavily treed lot. Limited by the existing 8′ ceilings downstairs and the design objective of connecting the home to the site, the design response demanded that the entire existing roof/ceiling structure be removed so that the addition of a new second floor could be added and ceilings could be raised in certain areas of the home to introduce volume and light. The living room of the home, at the center of the home, now opens 2-stories tall onto the existing pool courtyard and effectively expands the living area into the back yard. Large expansive windows were added to flood the home with natural light while the modern “eyebrow” along the southern facing elevation, at the front of the home, acts as a window shade in the summer and allows sunlight into the home during the winter. The 2-story living space segregates the upstairs bedrooms into two distinct bedroom clusters while the existing ranch bedroom layout downstairs was converted in place into an expansive master bedroom suite. The existing hardwood floors on the first floor were salvaged and along with the existing masonry fireplace and some of the masonry walls around the home to create it’s unique character. The finishes and fixtures were carefully considered to be consistent with the design goal of producing a new and modern aesthetic.

  • Building Area: (sf): 1,650 sf 2nd floor addition
  • Cost per Square Foot: $150 sf
  • Construction Cost: 300K
  • Date of Completion: 06.01.14

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