house doesn't ever want to be made grand."
home inspector hired by the
owners upon purchasing the home seven years prior to its expansion
|How do you add 1,100
square feet of
new space to a modest 1,300 square foot home and maintain a
scale? Such was
the challenge of this addition-renovation
Small houses are notoriously resistant to additions, and Capes can
be particularly difficult. Often, they end up
blocky as their designers seek to maximize interior
space; or the
addition dominates the original house in a tail-wagging-the-dog
manner. Conversions to a 2-story
colonial are sometimes attempted, but the modest proportions of the
original house makes the final result top-heavy.
project, 2,400 square feet of living space was
accommodated within a 1-1/2 story,
L-shaped volume. A
Room, Breakfast Room, and Master
Bedroom Suite were added at the rear of the house (at left
in above photo).
roof of the addition was extended
forward toward the street to create
new front-facing gable that admits daylight to a
formerly dark bedroom. A new
foyer, porch and shed dormer were also added.
Fields of shingles and clapboards,
separated by a white accent band, unify the exterior, while
windows lend an easy grace.
Cape. No dormers, no front porch, and a front door that
when open collided with the stair to the second floor!
to avoid: the blocky awkwardness
Cape additions, such as this one
in suburban Boston.
Frederick Design Studio
architectural services to homeowners in New York and
New England. Services include a series of detailed personal
consultations, analysis of living space needs, conceptual design,
development, product selections, construction documents and
specifications, management of bidding process,
and construction administration. Please contact us for more
information or to arrange a visit.
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