Home for Tara and Jerry
The clients wanted a sunroom on the north side of their home – beyond the apparent irony, they wanted an addition on the back of their existing home, opening into the trees, expansive yet energy efficient. The design response provided flowing, outward-moving spaces with just enough well-placed windows for the desired effect, along with highly insulated walls (and windows), roof and floor.
Most post-war houses such as theirs were built as objects, disconnected from the land. The addition we helped the clients give form to opens the flow of the home up into the trees and out into the land, via a porch/pier extending into their backyard from the sunroom addition, along with a sweeping, flowing deck.
At the same time, the addition imbues their busy lives (three young children, dog and cats, at-home business, full personal lives) with a deep sense of rootedness via a complementary wide, arching sunroom (yang) and a sculptural masonry stove (yin). The stove’s undulating forms rise out of the earth, with contiguous, nestling benches. The stove also provides heat for most of the house, much more efficiently than their existing gas-fired furnace.
View from new Family Entry, with centering hearth as bench and portal into new Family Room.
View along long, thin new Family Room, with centering hearth (with masorny stove) and existing Kitchen to the right. The I-beam replaces the existing exterior wall.
View down into new Family Room from new Children's Play Loft
View from existing Kitchen - existing kitchen window opening (window removed) frames view into new Family Entry - with expansive view out through the new Screened Porch.
View from backyard of addition, with two story Family Room, Screened Porch and floating deck.