As Robin Martin wrote in his piece about the house in Southern Living magazine, “Now that the addition is complete, [the owners] have just enough spice without spoiling their home’s original refined appearance.”
In a residential renovation, “contextually sensitive design” means adding to or enhancing the architecture thoughtfully, creatively, and with respect of the original designer’s intent. The renovation of this house for a family with three children is a case in point. In designing an addition to this 1925 Federal style, brick house, we considered several exterior materials before arriving on cedar shingles. With a new breakfast room and adjacent covered porch as the middle level of the addition, the use of brick walls above would have appeared top-heavy. There are also a large number of houses built around this same time period that combine brick and cedar shingles.
Inside the home, we opened up the floorplan by removing the interior walls of three small rooms to create a new eat-in kitchen and central gathering space. We also repurposed the old garage for a new family room, renovated the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, and added a new large front entry porch and mudroom to help the family stay neat and organized. The upper level of the addition is utilized for a new master suite and laundry room. The site design included a new driveway and landscaping.