The original house was from the Craftsman Style era, in age if not pedigree. It sits on a lovely, sloping site that abuts conservation land. The reimagined house connects with this heritage and the landscape. The home is reconfigured and expanded to take better advantage of the landscape, improve the natural light, flow and finishes in the interior spaces, and clarify earlier renovation work that had been left unfinished.
A new two-car garage with generous storage replaces the old single-car structure. Carriage house style garage doors, generous trim, exposed rafter tails, brackets, windows and doors with divided lites and other features tie the new construction to the Arts and Crafts heritage of the original house.
This renovation expanded the first level to accommodate a mudroom with adjacent pantry, laundry and storage. New shingle siding w/ribbon coursing mimics the decorative concrete block coursing on the original house. The color palette of grays, offset with white trim, pulls everything together.
A covered walk provides a protected connection between house and garage while maintaining access between the front and rear yards.
The garage, side entry doors and beadboard ceiling are Douglas fir with a clear finish.
The original screen porch at the back of the house was small and poorly built, but had splendid views. Outdoor living areas were non-existent.
A new all-season room with windows on three sides was built on the footprint of the original screen porch. This new Forest Room engages the nearby woodlands, and opens onto a new terrace.
Several walls were removed inside the original house to allow light and views to flow front to back, making the same square footage of space feel much larger. The new kitchen, dining room and Forest Room are defined but contiguous, generously sharing borrowed light and views.
The cherry kitchen cabinets and the Spanish cedar trim reinforce the connection between the interiors and the forest beyond. The natural wood finishes, frame and flat panel cabinetry, reeded glass in the upper cabinets, subway tile backsplash and the leathered finish granite countertops reference the Craftsman era heritage of the original house.
Before the renovation, the screened porch at the back of the house was cut off from the interior living spaces by a concrete block wall.
The size of the new Forest Room was fixed by zoning constraints and the previously existing screen porch. Although just 8’ x 14’, the views from and into this small room transform the character of the adjoining larger rooms.
Previously the screened porch was a catch-all storage area, despite the splendid views.
The new Forest Room opens up the wall between the outside and the existing rooms, welcoming the wooded landscape into the rest of the house.