The homeowners wanted to open up the first floor living area of their contemporary home to expand the views from inside the home to the beautiful exterior landscape that included a pond and old growth trees. A fine balance between maintaining the original architectural aesthetic and utilizing energy-efficient components was the key objective in this unique project. A desire to provide a vibrant backdrop to display their extensive collection of ethnic art pieces was also a key consideration for the redesign and selections process. Adding to the challenge was their wish to complete this 2-story addition/remodel while still living in the home during construction.
To achieve the clients goals the entry and living room areas were reconfigured and a two-story addition with two levels of windows and a custom acute-angle corner window were added to the living room to open up the sight lines from the entry hall, dining, living area and loft space. Project challenges included:
To make the living area more comfortable and energy-efficient, Meadowlark incorporated Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) by Insulspan into the construction of the 75 square foot addition. In addition, the new wood-burning fireplace circulates pre-heated air through the room and returns it to the furnace through a cold air return. The custom, site-built concrete hearth surround provides a stunning focal point to this living space.
A strong desire to meld the angular design of this 1970’s contemporary home with the beauty of surrounding forested lot has resulted in a home that is as visually compelling as it is comfortable. A custom acute-angle corner window provides dramatic views from the entryway of the home toward the outside and from outside in. The new addition also adds a striking roofline which gives needed weight to balance out the unique angular design of this ‘70s contemporary style home.
The clients have noted that the renovation has transformed how they live in the home. Prior to the remodel they tended to use the kitchen for reading because the living room was dark and uninviting. After the work was completed that all changed. Due to the inpouring of natural light and the sight lines created by the redesign/addition - the new living area now beckons all who enter and allows for better social and private space for family and friends. It also provides a beautiful backdrop to their wonderful art collection.