Renovation / Addition
1,567 square feet
The design opens up the house not only by unifying the common areas, but also by raising the original roof. Through a consolidation of the service core by extending it as much as possible to the back, both public and private zones become more distinct and meaningful. The literal and figurative flow of the house is organized with a passive design strategy by including the balance of natural light and simple materials. The kitchen is now part of the social space, which allows a completely open-planned public realm with clerestory windows on the south, west and north sides, capturing dappled light from massive tree canopies on site. The exposed roof structure helps define each function while expanding beyond the face with a groove wood ceiling that continues out and visually dissolves the limits of enclosure by connecting to the outdoors.
Project Team: Matt Fajkus, AIA; Sarah Johnson; David Birt
Contact: mfarchitecture.com, 512.432.5137