Director of architecture Paul Gaiser completely transformed this brick Colonial into a farmhouse-style, including a rear addition that doubled the square footage of the home. The owners didn’t like the traditional brick box home and asked for the style change.
Their requested features list also included:
Exterior Transformation: The farmhouse features include front porch with metal roofing, Hardiplank siding, large glass windows, and brick border wall.
The rear two-story addition has a new kitchen and family room on the lower level and a master suite upstairs. Paul says the home’s back yard faces south, which is an ideal orientation as it has great sun year-round. It’s best to bring that natural light into the house with large windows and French doors. He maximized the light into the family room with transoms over the French doors. The addition also has five skylights, including one in the porch roof to allow light to flow to the kitchen. The master bedroom on the upper floor has a balcony above the breakfast nook and cathedral ceilings.
New wide-plank flooring was installed in both the new and existing spaces. The family room has a large, modern two-sided fireplace with the formal dining room on the other side. Electric shades on rear French doors/transoms – that all come down together.
Central stairs are typical of a Colonial home, but they are not conducive to an open floor plan. Paul’s design moved the stairs to the back left corner of the home. The new stairs go from the basement to the attic. The modern design has metal railings and a skylight above floods the stairs with light.
Paul Gaiser, AIA
June 14, 2012
Addition, Exterior, Curb Appeal