The clients have a wonderful Victorian house but needed to renovate and enlarge the kitchen, plus add a family room and garage. Respecting the character of the existing home was critical. The property has frontage on two streets, making it possible to preserve the formal front façade and entry while providing family and auto access from the rear. The sloping site allows the new family room, located on top of the garage, to be at the same level as the kitchen, living and dining room.
Offsetting the carriage house from the main house preserved the light and views from the kitchen, allows light to enter the new family room from four sides and creates two distinct outdoor living areas. A large new bay window on the back of the house accommodates a breakfast area adjacent to the renovated kitchen.
The design of the carriage house incorporates details from the main house, including the ornamental gable pinnacles, brackets and exposed rafter tails.
The main house is linked to the carriage house via a bridge appointed with cubbies, hooks and a bench so that it also functions as a mudroom. The passage below the bridge allows a convenient outdoor connection between the back and side yards.