Renovation and expansion of this small, 1948 cape has been phased over a number of years. In the first phase the front door was relocated and an entry vestibule added. Subsequently a sunroom was added on the side and a master bedroom suite on the rear. The configuration and detailing of the additions allows the house to gracefully double in size. The house has been published in Fine Homebuilding and Renovation Style magazines as well as the book The Inspired House.
A master bedroom suite, with a reading bay window, desk area and bath as well as a sleeping room, was added on the back. Windows and trim details were changed on an addition built by a previous owner to improve the exterior architectural consistency as well as the interior light.
The indoor and outdoor rooms were designed together so that they would flow and function together. The geometry of the circular terrace and the circular window above the bay, as well as the alignment between the interior seating area of the bay and exterior seating area of the terrace, contribute to the harmony of views and movement for the entire environment.
As the house grew over the years and the family changed, the small, cramped full bath of the original house was no longer needed. Now it was possible to reimagine this room as a more generous half bath that would be used less intensely by the owners and frequently by guests. The shower/tub that had not been used for more than fifteen years was eliminated. Vertical grain fir paneling, combined with sea-glass tile, creates a spa-like oasis appropriate to the way the room currently functions. The project was on the cover of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The master bedroom is separated from the reading area by a pair of reeded glass doors. The translucency of this glass allows daylight to pass through from the facing bay window while providing adequate privacy.
The stained glass window in the bedroom is an abstraction of the tree visible through the circular window above the bay.
The bedroom bay provides a comfortable place to read and frames a view of the outdoor living space. The window above encircles the treetop, bringing the landscape inside.