2,489 square feet
When mid-century modern enthusiasts purchased the original 1,800 square-foot house at this location, it had long been forgotten and was nearly reclaimed by the native vegetation of an adjacent creek. Crammed against the far property line, the existing house was dwarfed by an apartment complex, visible to the rear. The renovation called for thinning the vegetation to the creek bank establishing an “edge of wild” which serves as a privacy screen and demarcates the line between native and manicured landscape. The existing house was gutted and reconfigured. Visitors enter the property and travel along this edge to a porch cantilevering over the wild.
The house is then entered through a small vestibule into a new 700 square-foot, central “jewel box”. The original eight-foot ceilings are dramatically contrasted by a new central volume. Continuous clerestory windows provide soft, balanced natural light while framing views to a mature post-oak canopy. Site development and the addition of the “jewel box” have removed the apartment complex from the experience of the property and made an asset of the creek. In doing so, the cul-de-sac on which the home sits is partially restored to its harmonious mid-century roots.
Tim Cuppett, AIA
Dave Kilpatrick, AIA