Before and After Remodel 2

 

 

Before and After...

We usually design new homes and very rarely take on remodels, additions.

In few cases we did, when the challenge was particularly interesting.

Here are two recently completed Los Altos large remodels.

The usual tension is between the desire for a completely new and contemporary space and design elements, and the necessity of keeping a large amount of the existing framework, basic “bones” while interpreting them.

In other words, not only the metamorphosis should appear seamless and organic, but also it should start from the respect of the original house concept, only streamlining it, seeing its potential and expressing it with a current vocabulary.

It's an act of balance, sensibility for the history of the place, using the existing skeleton as a ramp for something exciting nowadays and influenced by the new family living there.

In the case of this low-slung ranch nondescript style house, we had in mind some of the F.L.Wright Usonian homes and temples with their juxtaposition of long horizontal planes counterbalanced by some central, vertical ones. 

The obvious yet at times counter-intuitive lesson is that dealing with strong, existing conditions is much more difficult than developing something completely ex-novo.

 

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