Healdsburg TransformationContemporary Living Room, San Francisco
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Entry and living room. Architect Amy Alper helped these homeowners get more from their wine country getaway by adding on a flex room. The area seen in the foreground can serve as foyer, living room and dining room. The built-in bench provides a place to sit while putting on and taking off shoes. The owners can also pull a table over and use the bench as a banquette during dinner parties. (There used to be an exterior wall where the steps and bench are now.)
Skill SeekersSize: 1,107 square feet (102 square meters)Location: Healdsburg, CaliforniaBrad and Susan Harmon have a lot of skills between them — designing interiors, doing millwork and tilework, and more. So it’s no surprise that their combined efforts have resulted in a stunning space brimming with their charisma. Their added flex room, shown here, is a light-filled entry space where they sit and chat or even have meals together.
The area in the foreground here is the addition, the flex room. It’s an entry space that also works as a sitting or dining area. The pitched roof and expansive windows bring natural light through to the kitchen. The steps mark where the exterior wall used to be. “By blowing out the side of the house, we were able to avoid a lot of structural complications,” Alper says. Ceiling fan: Haiku