The program for this renovation and addition was to expand to 3,700 square feet a "ranchburger" house which had been originally built at 1,300 square feet and previously expanded to 2,100.
New windows, porches, and exterior spaces now connect the house to the landscape and take advantage of the secluded site and its enhanced natural beauty. An asymmetrical morning porch with a floor of sand-set brick creates an entrance. The boldly gabled entrance announces a vaulted axis that drives through the house to a generous new living room set in the shade of the fabulous oak tree in the rear. The cramped kitchen moved from the front of the house into the converted living room where it overlooks the porch and deck onto the rear lawn, the pool (existing) and the distant horizon beyond.
The natural exterior materials, such as the board-and-batten cypress siding and the beaded pine porch ceilings, acknowledge the house’s Ranch Style roots, while the high-ceilinged living room, and the sunroom with its ten-foot-high ceiling provide some relief from the relentless eight-foot-high ceilings of the existing house. The ceilings in the kitchen, master bedroom, and master bath were raised and pitched to make those rooms feel more comfortable.
Original oak floors were refinished, while maple flooring, salvaged from a local gymnasium, was used in other spaces. Brazilian cherry gives a more formal luster to the new living room. The cabinets in the kitchen and the master bath are cherry, and the countertops are of epoxy resin, the same material used in chemistry laboratories.