Bud Dietrich, AIA
Architects & Designers
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all that jazz - the exterior

He and his wife kept an eye on them as well as they were able until the two older boys went away to school, but in huge establishments this is difficult—it was much simpler in the series of small and medium sized houses in which my own youth was spent—I was never far out of reach of my mother’s voice, of the sense of her presence, her approval or disapproval.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Rich Boy

The America of the 1920’s was a place of great optimism. Wealth and abundance prevailed. The automobile allowed families an opportunity to live away from the city centers in a home of their own. Life was getting better and the future was bright and easy.

The new suburban home, of which this was an example, reflected this optimism and ease. In plan, the spatial arrangement is uncomplicated. Three rooms on the 1st floor and three on the 2nd. The small and efficient kitchen was used to cook meals and clean dishes. In the pre-television days, taking meals in the dining room was where and when the family came together.

The exterior form of the home also spoke to the era’s optimism. The steep gable and tall chimney point skyward to tell us that the future is boundless. The steep roof pitch becomes a gentle curve as it nears the ground speaks of comfort and repose. The porch area extends the dining and living room spaces into the yard, where our eye is focused on the bull's-eye lattice screen.

Our addition to this home uses this language while adding much needed space and providing stronger connections between inside and outside.

This project was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. You can see more pictures of this home at http://tinyurl.com/3s2nm5r

Photography by Mike Kaskel.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Kit Houses Stand the Test of Time
Many kit houses that were originally small, often only six rooms and one bath, have been expanded for added living space such as a family room as well as master bedroom and bath.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Marcy Wilson Interior Design added this to juliet balcony
July 7, 2014
williamsic added this to exterior
June 9, 2014
shaker color
deborahrmason added this to RENO
March 8, 2014
grey windows
Stacey Christian added this to Exterior Ideas
October 11, 2013
lovely wood stain and white trim
rafailab added this to rafailab's ideas
August 30, 2013
I like the top french door and balcony with the slanted 2nd story but not the downstairs entrance or windows.
jennlroberts added this to jennroberts will live like this
June 21, 2013
methinks7 added this to house
June 6, 2013
Cool roofline
Indy Carreño Peña added this to Fachadas
May 29, 2013
doctor_castiel_horan_morgan added this to fandom style
April 25, 2013
f. scott fitzgerald would approve
smashingvalentine added this to attic
April 13, 2013
ryatesdo added this to ryatesdo's Ideas
March 19, 2013
burtja117 added this to burtja117's ideas
March 8, 2013
Juliet balcony
teddylk added this to teddylk's ideas
December 27, 2012
outdoor mud room window/without the circle
sarahelatour added this to house outside look
November 3, 2012
Style love... But how much to build?
Helena Carleton added this to rxterior foot print
November 2, 2012
play on salt box, with a twist. Plus use of out door sitting bench. Everything is to proper scalle, even if I don't love it it works. not into the boat lights by second floor balcony. house is not a ship.
debbrower added this to debbrower's ideas
July 28, 2012
I like how weird and quirky this looks but not really...well a little awkward, I like the idea but think it could be tweaked to look a little less awkward while maintaining the quirky, odd aspect
gratercook added this to gratercook's ideas
July 15, 2012
thinking about using a sweeping curve like this on your home from the upper front and back. Will discuss with you. ma
linwagener added this to ranch/one story houses
July 15, 2012
another with 2 different roof lines - interesting
dfrschafer added this to Curb Appeal
June 15, 2012
v. unique. I think I would love it if the shingles were different, but I quite like this
angkruger added this to angkruger's ideas
June 14, 2012
aperes added this to Dream House
May 25, 2012
Gorgeous. Incredible window.
lynchmm added this to lynchmm's Favorites
April 12, 2012
mnlisglad07 added this to mnlisglad07's ideas
April 11, 2012
tightloops added this to tightloops's Favorites
April 1, 2012
Love the style
jellybean40 added this to jellybean40's houseplans
March 28, 2012
kelsarak added this to kelsarak's ideas
March 24, 2012
angballew added this to angballew's ideas
March 11, 2012
i like the front window with the circle
Grounds by Design - Fine Landscapes added this to Small houses
February 20, 2012
ardelean added this to small houses
February 19, 2012
erind5 added this to Curb appeal
January 15, 2012
Window on side
oldcarol54 added this to oldcarol54's ideas
January 15, 2012
The trellis with the circle
agandnick added this to agandnick's Favorites
December 24, 2011
Balcony, window trim, different window sizes
aimeedoubek added this to exterior
December 23, 2011
small window
beachbauer added this to mt house
December 20, 2011
added balcony
chastainteam added this to chastainteam's ideas
December 14, 2011
Love that balcony and window on right
terreverte added this to terreverte's ideas
December 14, 2011
I love the cedar shingle siding and the little balcony. Th window with the circle detail really adds interest too.
nikolak added this to nikolak's ideas
December 14, 2011
Balcony Railing
thewillowshed added this to thewillowshed's ideas
December 14, 2011
round insert would make nice arbor for front porch
rdonal added this to rdonal's ideas
September 4, 2011
Love the trellised window and the cedar shakes and the sloping roof and .........I love this house! I'm longing for the northeast big time! (where is this house?)
Aubrey Reyes added this to Aubrey's Ideas
July 31, 2011
Cute and cozy
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