When new, this 1951 flat roofed 1200 sf Rambler with a 600 sf garage was the physical expression of modern living.
Nearly 50 years later, living had changed and the lack of insulation, a tiny cramped enclosed kitchen, and a leaky roof meant the new owners needed to update the expression for a different era. The living room, dining room and kitchen became an open flowing “restaurant” for family and friends with three different sitting areas depending on how many showed up for dinner. The south facing three car garage became an entry hall and a media/computer/theater. A small two car garage was added on the north. The “rec’’ room became a book lined library. A new master suite and a studio space, linked to each other and the exterior by a series of three bridges, was added to the roof.
The goal of the project was “no dumpster,” and although the house was tripled in size, the goal was met. Most of the existing structure remained, nearly all materials removed or demolished were-re-used and any unused materials were recycled.