Mid century ranch finds its Prairie architectural roots

This 1950's brick and cedar shingle ranch in Huntington Bay had good lines, very plain details, and was awkwardly sited on a very chopped up hilly site in Huntington Bay. There was barely a clue as to where the front entry might be.

Working with the existing deep overhangs and horizontality, we stripped away the poorly coordinated materials to uncover its Prairie style, infusing Arts and Crafts detailing befitting the naturalized setting.

We developed a plan to lift the house slightly off the foundation, so that we could make the damp, low-ceiling basement taller and dry, by excavating deeper.

We lifted the house off its foundation, and dug the basement out deeper, to add 32" of height to the "Garden Level".

Then we added a Master Bedroom addition on the lower level (the primary bedrooms are on the lower, "garden" level"), and we designed a Great Room to be above the Master Bedroom, up on the main level.

The Living Room was repurposed as a Dining Room, with an updated fireplace, which opened up into the Kitchen as well.

Michael Vandrei, Project Architect, Glen Grayson, Partner in Charge. Bob Dezendorf, J. Dezendorf Construction, dezendorfconst@verizon.net Jim Reilly, Crystal Meadows Elite Landscaping, crystalmeadows@verizon.net
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The front entry was totally hidden from the street. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
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The bland face of a double Garage was all that greeted guests from the street view. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
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The Main (upper) was totally isolated from garden access, and the Garden Level offered limited access; both levels all but ignored the winter water views. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Before” — victorianbungalowranch
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Entry gates were conceived as a way to identify the hidden Entry Courtyard. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Gate” — asciarra17
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The street view owes much to the new materiality, featuring cement stucco, cedar shingle, stone, cedar, copper and bamboo. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“garage, over hang side walk” — Kindred Kitchens and Baths
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A copper mailbox was inset (with great difficulty) into a boulder. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Mailbox in a boulder.” — Abilene Decorative Concrete Werks, Inc.
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A ceramic house number is illuminated by a copper and art glass fixture. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“awesome” — mjkjrobinson
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The large double garage door was replaced with a pair of single cedar doors. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Colors” — ddasherdesign
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Custom bamboo gates lead the way to the new Zen Entry Garden. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“John's” — honzie
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The Koi pond was designed to flow under the walkway towards the front door. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“koi pond” — Jennifer Wallace
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A larger Pergola, just beyond the Koi Pond, defines the outdoor entry space, leading to the front door. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“brace” — victoriab100
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We developed a plan to lift the house slightly off the foundation, so that we could make the damp, low-ceiling basement taller and dry, by excavating deeper. We lifted the house off its foundation and dug the basement out deeper, to add 32" of height to the "Garden Level". The Great Room addition over a new Master Bedroom on the Garden Level adds new life to the yard that faces...More
“size, hip roof, asian influence” — saxhouse
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A new deck off the Great Room affords water views, and connects the Great Room to the Garden Level. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
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A new deck off the Great Room affords water views, and connects the Great Room to the Garden Level. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Asian flair” — riopelle
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Niches at the corners of the Great Room emphasize shelter and protection from the elements. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“windows and exterior materials” — Bob Weinberg
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Stained glass inserts were inset into the Prairie column details. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Rain Gutters” — blakeroberts
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The Great Room wing featured special custom-designed grill patterns on the custom windows. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Nice detail” — kirouacr
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The Entry Foyer was opened up to bring in light to the Stair, leading down to the Garden Level bedrooms. A cluster of five LBL monopoint lights float freely, lighting the way to the Garden Level below. Custom quarter sawn oak bookcases surround the Brazilian cherry staircase. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Stair shelf” — sgbowman13
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The Foyer leads to the Dining Room and Kitchen beyond. The dinner Gong sits center stage in front of the Dining Room. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“very cool, love the gong awesome” — mjkjrobinson
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A structural dilemma was solved with a triple column structure that effectively supports the roof while helping to define the Dining Space, setting it apart from the open Foyer. The Stickley dinner gong fits in perfectly. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Gong” — nelalatt
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The original Living Room was repurposed as a Dining Room, capitalizing on views. photo by Glen Grayson
“Stone street?” — caboose370
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The existing fireplace was redesigned as a two way fireplace to the Kitchen. Cherry cabinets were modified to recess into the narrow ends of the Stone chimney enclosure. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Light” — napgezek
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The two-way fireplace takes on a totally different feeling with the lofty ceiling lines in the Kitchen. Blue soapstone with a brushed finish tops the island in an elongated quarter circle form. photo by Glen Grayson
“Craft” — jheatley
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Custom sliding screens were detailed with composite panels featuring reeds and ginkgo leaves, to create flexible privacy for the new Great Room. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“design of lower trim” — loral001
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French doors access the new deck from the Great Room. photo by Glen Grayson
“like layout piano plus lamp with height in from of picture window with room for fireplace against l” — windingridge
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A pair of window seats look out over a view of the gardens. Stained glass insert add a spot of color and sheen in the Prairie style quarter-sawn oak pilasters, picking up on an exterior detail. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Window seat” — paulale
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The Master Bath with dual access features a Shared Wet Room with a double shower and a Kohler River Bath. A large glass block panel brings in light from a private garden area. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Shower heads, multiple” — folocom
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One of the Master Baths adjoining the shared Wet Room features a Toto Guinevere Toilet and Carrollton Bidet. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Love the wall !” — Catherine Cunningham
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View from shared Wet Room to one of the adjoining Master Baths. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
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The Kohler River Bath is placed within the shared Wet Room, accessible to matching Master Bathrooms on both sides of the Wet Room. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“Tile 2” — alexzazz
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The Hall Bath features a vanity with a honey onyx counter and floor. photo by Glen Grayson, AIA
“open base vanity for towels” — fisher6
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