Tight on space inside their existing building and tight on space to add anything additional, Lori from the Speech and Language Center presented us with a design challenge. How can you economically grow the footprint of your building when you can only add a few feet to two sides of an existing modular building? The big idea was to leave the existing basement and first floor structure and build a new building overtop of what was there. So the challenge was presented and accepted. Working with Bryan Nesselrodt as the builder, we came up with a strategy to enlarge the functional space as much as possible so Lori’s business could continue to grow. The rear wall height was increased and a new front wall was added so that a new roof simply spanned over the old roof – you can open the closet in the upstairs office and see the old shingle roof inside the structure. The simple lines worked well for the contemporary style our client wanted for the building as well as kept the construction as economical as possible. The tall windows in the entry vestibule make for an inviting space for all of their guests and the extra attic space provided needed storage and a bonus office space. The results of teamwork through the design process delivered the right solution for this business to continue to grow and thrive in the same location.
Casa Cielo is perched on the top of the property, and the views are magical. This home was carefully placed so that the connections to the site inside to outside were framed to capture nature’s beauty as the seasons pass. Glass wraps around the home on three sides from floor to ceiling blending the in-between spaces. The warm wood tones, high ceilings, and modest forms allow the site to be a celebration and the home to be a refuge. With a kitchen on one side of the living space, the home is anchored to the site, the morning views tell the story of the day while the functional spaces are all allocated to the rear of the building. Our clients have beautifully complimented the architecture with just the right furniture and fabrics.
The Hilltop House was designed with a goal of allowing family to gather with connection to the outside at all times. The incredible kitchen developed by Lantz Custom Woodworking serves as an anchor in the main living space with the two-story brick wall on the other side of the open living space giving instant character. The exposed steel beams sit on top of the heavy wood timbers that mimic the exterior porch columns supporting the loft above. The open cable rail system allows for the industrial style to take on a modern twist while the wood floors from Weavers Flooring warm the space that will capture many years of memories.