This is one of those stories.
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I thought about how to shape the addition, and how it would fit in with the existing back of the house. The existing house’s design is modest, the front of the house is the only place with any detail. The rest of the house is plain stucco walls with vinyl windows. I felt the addition should be different from, and more interesting than, the current back of the house, but it needed to be economical and fit with the house.
The final design is shown in the top 4 images. It is based on, but a little different from, the current house. The main roof over the addition is a continuation of the roof over the main house. The resulting shed roof creates a tall space in the master bedroom that opens up to the back yard and its new landscaping.
The master should open up to the backyard, but it should also be a little separated from it. I created thick walls with recessed openings and a deep roof overhang to create a sense of separation and enclosure for the master bedroom patio. It was only later that I realized that my approach; thick walls, recessed openings and deep roof, was similar to the existing design of the front of the house (bottom 2 images). My recesses wrap around the corner where the existing recesses are in the middle of a wall, and my roof is a shed – half of the gable shape on the rest of the house.
The colors on the existing house are a little tame for me – beige on beige with white trim. After my clients rejected my initial purple addition, I settled on deep shades of brown.
.create a quiet master bedroom in their noisy,echo-y house
.provide more closet space in the master bedroom
.add an office
.add a third bathroom for their daughter’s bedroom
.increase the area of their house to match their neighbors’ homes (add +-350 sf)
Their house (top image) is a modest 1970′s tract house, one story, in a suburb in San Diego’s North County. It sits on a corner with a large front yard. There is a +-15′ high slope at the back of their wide and somewhat shallow backyard.
I came up with three design approaches. The first (not shown) is a basic, low cost solution. The only plan change is adding a third bathroom. The acoustical problems are handled through construction details: more layers of drywall, sealing doors, isolating the heating ducts, and generally closing sound paths between the living room and the master bedroom.
The second approach, called the Court+, takes advantage of the large front yard to create a new master away from the noisy living spaces. The master is wrapped around a private landscaped courtyard with a murmuring fountain and pond. What was bedroom 3 becomes the new master closet. The enlarged old master is a new office and a new bedroom 2.
The third approach, called the Tower, extends a new master bedroom off the back of the house, into the back yard. The old master is enlarged to become a new office and expanded master closets. A second story roof deck, above the master, replaces the back yard area lost to the new master.
Next: An approach is selected and a design is developed