Applying stucco over the existing brick gave us maximum design flexibility on the exterior of this pop top. The entry was relocated to maximize the interior space and the windows were redesigned and located to fit into the rhythm of the neighborhood. A front porch was added to create a better transition from the exterior to the interior.
The owners of this small craftsman bungalow desperately needed more space, but did not want a home whose size would overwhelm the other homes in the neighborhood. The profile of the addition was kept low and the new roof line mimics the existing to keep the style and proportions in line with a traditional craftsman style.
The client of this pop top wanted to add 1,150 sq. ft. on the 2nd floor, but did not want a home that looked ‘top heavy’. The roof line at the front of the home was kept low to be in proportion with the 1st floor and front porch. The roof line in the back pops up higher where the size is less noticeable. The 2nd floor has a master suite with hers and his walk in closets and a 5 piece bath. In addition the 2nd floor has two kid’s rooms, with walk in closets, a jack and jill bathroom and a separate laundry room.
The addition of 1,400 sq. ft. on the 2nd floor of this home significantly increases the livability for a large family located within the city. Smaller roof forms were utilized to create the illusion of a smaller home while also tying in the new aesthetics with the style of the existing home. A third floor attic room is tucked under the roof framing at the rear of the home. The 2nd floor has a master suite, 3 additional bedrooms, 2 additional bathrooms and a small library / game room at the top of the landing.
This small bungalow, originally only 619 sq. ft., is located in a dense downtown neighborhood. The detailing of the new structure combined with the exposed existing brick gives the small home a loft like feeling. The loft feeling and expansive windows makes the home feel larger than it is. The detailing and traditional styling of the windows helps tie the new and old portions of the home together. The large sliding glass doors on the rear create indoor / outdoor living with the courtyard created by the detached garage. An exterior spiral staircase connects the 2nd floor to the full length roof deck. The stair is located in a recessed court on the south side of the home, bringing in much light to the interior of the home.
Opening up the 1st floor of this home when adding the 2nd floor changed the feel and way the house functions. The great room and stair were originally 3 separate small rooms. The original character was maintained and enhanced by an update in finishes. The small irregularities of combining the three rooms give the space character that new construction often does not have.
The existing first floor of this pop top was remodeled. A mud room with laundry facilities on one side and a bench and hooks on the other side was carved out of another space. Since the mud room is compact, a barn door was utilized in lieu of a swing door which would block access to one side of the room. A laundry chute was created from the bathroom above, which deposits laundry in a basket on a shelf above the dryer. A fresh coat of paint and update in color modernizes the entire space.
The original kitchen for this home was small and dark. The removal of a bedroom on the first floor gave the opportunity to relocate the kitchen and open it to other living spaces. The original kitchen was turned into a mud room and walk in pantry.
The addition of the stair to a home that was previously one story becomes not only an aesthetic feature, but can be functional in many ways. This stairwell connects three stories and is clad with windows on two sides to let lots of light into each floor. A full height door to storage below the upper run acts as an overflow pantry. Small cabinet doors to the underside of the landing provide access to the owner’s kegerator. Every bit of space was utilized by constructing shelves under the lower run of the stair.
While creating as many or as large bedrooms as possible on a new second floor seems desirable, the owners of this home opted for smaller bedrooms in order to allow room for a small, open and flexible library space. The large south facing windows let in lots of light and the space eliminates the owners from having to walk down a long dark hallway. It also provides a public but quiet ‘get away’ space from the great room below, which is great for homework or reading.
During the design process multiple layouts will be explored as shown on these two floor plans. The top plan has two guest / kid bedrooms and a flexible space. The flex space has large sliding doors. When open, they create a large open loft like space at the top of the stair. Yet the space can be closed off when privacy is needed. The space can function as an office, study area or lounge. The closet and access to the bathroom allows for an easy transition to an additional bedroom if needed. The bottom plan shows a traditional layout for 3 guest / kid’s bedrooms. The plans also show different options for the master suite and laundry room. Being able to compare these options side by side helps our clients better determine the best solution for their needs.
The new roof of this pop top was constructed at a low height in order to keep the exterior proportions minimal. That means that the exterior side walls are low. Steep vaulted ceilings were utilized to make the space feel more expansive. The footprint of the new second floor is also compact — only 750 sq, ft which includes a master suite, two additional bedrooms and a bath. The vaulted ceilings used throughout the 2nd floor make all of the spaces feel larger.
The clean lines and simple design of this bathroom provide a tranquil space for the owners to get ready for hectic days. The large windows and skylights provide lots of light while the bathroom is located on the north side of the home.
What was originally the exterior chimney was left in place and left exposed to act as a design feature at this new 2nd floor.
Classic design touches give this bathroom a feeling of luxury. The pocket door sections off the shower room which is accessed by two powder rooms. The shared shower room is the solution for the desire of two bathrooms, but limited space. Each bedroom has its own vanity and toilet with direct access to the shower room.
The owners of this home opted for a 3rd floor playroom since their home had no basement. Creating this finished attic room was a more cost effective solution than digging out the basement. The room also provides good access to attic storage space and lots of nooks and crannies for playing hide and seek!