Residential Architecture

A facelift for a
thirty-something raised ranch

This project addressed a number of functional and aesthetic deficiencies in a "tired" raised ranch home: an awkward front entry (typical in this type of house), a cramped kitchen, dated bathrooms, inadequate outdoor spaces for dining and sitting, and a lack of a mud room and other practical amenities. New work consequently included a full kitchen renovation, screened porch addition, several decks, a new foyer stair, three bath renovations, a mud room, and the design of numerous new features in the interior. 

Matthew Frederick was Project Architect for this project as an employee of Luna
Design Group, Lynnfield, MA.

Above left. a new screened porch overlooks conservation land. Right, a custom metal rail and stair system were introduced into the foyer. The living room and fireplace are visible beyond.

All photos taken during construction

Above: view from living room toward new entry stair.  Niches in a new display wall at left await accents.

Below: The kitchen layout was flipped, to place the food prep area conveniently between the dining room and the relocated breakfast area. A screened porch was built adjacent to the kitchen, on the other side of the window over the sink. To compensate for the loss of natural light, a shafted skylight was introduced over the sink.

Above: Raised ranch homes are infamous for their awkward front entries in which the front door opens to a no-man's land between floors. A reconfiguration of the stairs and a new custom metal rail system provided a more gracious and functional entry.

Below: renovated master bathroom.

A screened porch addition features mahogany finishes. A storage room underneath provides a handy place for yard equipment.

Above: Stained lattice over painted MDO plywood makes an elegant, inexpensive enclosure system for the storage space under the screened porch.

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