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AFTER: This shot from the back of the house shows the rear addition. Each interior space has its own roof. Instead of cramming everything under a single roof, Memont was able to design each room in the size and location it required, with plenty of room to grow.
The result is a private escape overlooking a lush backyard. The three roofs appear far less monolithic than the previous flat-face single roof. The first floor was dug into the hill of the site, allowing even the tall master bathroom roof to appear smaller from the outside.
BEFORE: This picture shows the original rear exterior of the home and backyard. In the initial phases of design, Susan and Ben envisioned a basic box added to the back of their house, but they decided to go with a more dynamic, curved shape.
The design plan focused on the outdoor patio and lawn, and creating a transition from the new kitchen and living area. Opening up the kitchen to the lounge area became a driving force to the new layout, and about 400 extra square feet of space was added to the first floor. Susan says, "We wanted a place to drink our coffee in the morning, like a Starbucks lounge."
Whether the homeowners are inside or outside, they feel much more a part of nature, and privacy is no longer an issue.
It was important to the couple that the new addition would give their typical square facade dimension and depth. The curve of their new lounge space opens up to the conical roof — a suitable addition to the classic exterior.
Bar and loveseat: Arhaus Furniture; leather chairs: Pottery Barn; fan: Brescia, Casablanca
The new, open kitchen is ideal for socializing when entertaining guests. "Before, our kitchen was on the other side of the house from the living area and so small that we couldn't even put serving bowls on the table," Susan says. A new French door entry faces away from the neighbors.
Kitchen sink: Orca, Franke; dishwasher: Bosch; copper bar sink, faucet: Belle Forêt; kitchen lighting: Murray Feiss
The shower details are more than just a pretty design. Due to a zoning consideration, the corner isn't 90 degrees. To highlight it, angled marble shelves provide an artful storage solution.
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