The owners of this Cape Cod wanted to enlarge their kitchen and create a more open, light-filled living space on the main floor. The clients are Mid-Century enthusiasts. They thought an addition in that style would be appropriate. Our designer extended the rear of the home by 13 feet along the whole width of the house. This allowed for a large kitchen with an island and a sitting room.
The owners of this Cape Cod wanted to enlarge their kitchen and create a more open, light-filled living space on the main floor. The clients are Mid-Century enthusiasts—this is reflected in their existing décor. They thought an addition in that style would be appropriate. Given the simplicity of the existing 1933 home, our designer fully agreed. Our designer extended the rear of the home by 13 feet along the whole width of the house. This provided an additional 475 square feet to the existing 1000 square feet on the main floor. This allowed for a large kitchen with an island and a sitting room. Our designer also worked closely with the clients on the design so it would allow them to accommodate existing Mid-Century furniture pieces as well as planning for new purchases.
The structure has a simple shed roof and the exterior walls are clad with white fiber cement siding. Accent sections of Ipe add interest to the simple palette.
The window configuration is the focus of the design.
On one side of the house, we opened up the wall to create space for the large kitchen. This required installing a steel beam that is hidden in the ceiling.
The original kitchen was located where the table is now. We opened up this side, but kept the brick wall on the other side of the house (now painted orange).
In the sitting room, we kept the home’s original brick wall and the rear window. That wall is painted orange and is now the focal point in the sitting room. The original window opening was converted into a decorative niche with frosted glass and asymmetrical shelves. The guest bedroom is on the other side of the window. The addition’s interior ceiling has the same sloped angle as the shed roof. The center of the addition has a ceiling fan with light.
The addition is heated with a split unit that is discreetly placed on the wall in the addition. The angled shed roof of the addition is echoed in the interior ceiling.
The original stairs to the attic master suite were tight and not code compliant. We provided a more comfortable access to the master suite by widening the stairs. They are also more open and integrated into the living space. We installed white oak flooring with a natural finish throughout the addition.
The 13-foot addition across the back of the house created a large kitchen that is open to the sitting room and dining room (the original galley kitchen).
The expansive new kitchen is a dramatic change from the original galley room. The clients wanted a modern design, an island for food prep and more storage.
The original side window is in the same location
A wall of pantry cabinets with white and Wenge doors line the original dining room wall. The clients’ reused their existing mid-century dining table in the room.
There are now sight lines from the front door to the back yard.
The open floor plan and below, view from the existing dining room to the living room.
The structure of the addition is simple, but subtle details create a more complex and interesting design. The original exterior window can be seen in the before and after images.
January 7, 2016
Additions, Ipe, Open Plan