This house is an example of how a renovation can be truly transformative. The Montreat Conference Center is a national conference center affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and visited by over 35,000 people annually. They commissioned us to design the renovation of a two-story 1950’s home that was to serve as their President’s residence, as well as a gathering place for friends, youth groups, board members and patrons. Our primary gesture was to add a deep front porch, stretching the length of the primary façade. With a triple gable roof, large windows and natural wood details, the porch provides a space for as many as 70 people to congregate, but it also transforms the house aesthetically. The shingled gable ends replaced a simple ranch-style roof, dramatically enhancing the overall appearance of the property. Inside the house, the renovation continued with a new enclosed sun porch, renovated study, living and dining rooms, a new kitchen and accessible guest bathroom, and new master bathroom, closet and laundry room.
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