Upon moving into this Palisades bungalow, the homeowners loved the house and its period styling, but wanted to expand the living space to make it more comfortable for three growing children. To that end, we constructed a one-story addition to house an expanded kitchen, new family room, larger master suite with walk-in closet and bathroom addition and added a first floor powder room and more open, airy stair to the second floor with ample closet and storage space.
The most challenging aspect of this project was designing new spaces for the way families live today while making them feel of a piece with the existing house. Bungalow rooms are by nature modestly-sized and well-defined. Twenty-first century families are inclined towards open floor plans, eat-in kitchens, and large gathering spaces with variably defined boundaries and functions. The goal in this home was to meld the two design strategies together seamlessly.
Our living room addition measures 16’x16′, ample size for a large couch and desk space for all the needs of a young family. The centered wood-burning fireplace creates a focal point in the room and provided opportunity for more custom woodwork details to bring the style of the addition inline with the existing home. A large framed opening between the living room and kitchen helps to define the two spaces while still allowing for a very open feel to the rooms. In the mater suite, the spaces are generously sized without becoming untenably large. By matching the existing house’s 9-foot ceiling height, the rooms immediately feel more grand and spacious.
Upon entering this remodeled bungalow, the change in the feel of the home is striking and immediately obvious. The open stair and warm woodwork invite one in to experience the home. While traveling through the comfortable spaces, the woodwork details all feel original and it is virtually impossible to tell where the existing house ended and our addition began. The rear of the house is flooded with light and a feeling of comfort and openness, providing this growing family with generous but modestly scaled spaces in which to grow and gather for years to come.
September 16, 2015