Did Starting Small Work Out?
We revisit a house designed to grow over time.
Synopsis: When Robert Knight first began working with Chris and Bette Noble on a new home in Maine, they were looking to start with a small structure that could grow as money and time became more available. While the house did grow over the course of 10 years, it didn’t necessarily follow its original plan as the house evolved to accommodate the changing needs of the changing family. Originally conceived as a three-bedroom house, the starting plan had two phases to make it more affordable. By the time the second phase of the plan got under way, changes were made as a removable bedroom built on piers became a home office/bedroom. Finally, a dedicated office/studio became part of the house, an acknowledgment that the homeowners required more than an office coexisting as guest space.
In the late 1990s, my firm designed two projects that tackled the problem of…