OVERVIEW (Photos and plans are included to accompany this overview.)
My wife and I are preparing to renovate and move to a home in Columbia, SC that was her parents’. My wife’s father was a custom home builder and this house was the last home he built for himself. It was built in the mid 60’s on a small residential lake with beautiful views. It is a long, low one story ranch built close to the ground on a slab with no steps. The body of the house is about 4000 sq. ft. and is divided into two sections. The main section includes two bedrooms, four baths, kitchen, den, living and dining rooms, a laundry/sewing room and an office. The “children’s end” of the house includes two bedrooms, a shared bath, a den and another full kitchen. There is also an attached 3-car garage with a studio, bath and small bedroom behind. There is a large open covered porch overlooking the lake. Most rooms include stained wood paneling and crown molding. The exterior is old (recycled) brick veneer with wood trim. The house is situated on a 1.35 acre lot that is 100 feet wide at the street, 190 feet wide at the lake and about 410 feet deep. The main entry to the house is set back 300 feet from the street with a circular drive looping in front of the entry. The house has great bones but needs an update with new flooring, windows, doors, paint and roofing. The landscaping is severely overgrown and will be improved. We will be making a few modifications to the house, one of which is the subject of this competition.
As you approach the house from the street you see a front elevation featuring a wide section of low pitched roof (4:12) with a recessed main entry tucked under the roof overhang. This was typical of ranch style homes built in this era. Further confining the entry space is an 11 inch deep drop beam running across the entry which provides structural support for the roof trusses. We need to modify the entrance to make it more open, inviting and impressive. This will have the added benefit of breaking up this long, low span of roof. We envision some sort of roof addition or modification providing a covered entrance with more space, height and interest. The ceilings throughout the house are 8’- 5”. Raising or otherwise modifying the ceiling in the foyer may be desirable to provide a transition from the more lofty entrance to these lower ceilings. This would also permit use of entry door(s) taller than the current 6’-8” doors. Hardscaping and landscaping modifications that complement the modified entrance are welcomed but should be limited to the vicinity of the entrance and should integrate with the existing hardscape/landscape.
Our goal with this competition is to create conceptual designs that we can utilize to develop a final design and working drawings for implementation. The deliverables need to include enough detail to allow us to visualize the finished project intended by the designer.
It is imperative that the modifications be consistent with and complement the current design of the house appearing like they could have been part of the original construction. Designs which are too modern, contemporary or trendy designs will not satisfy this requirement.
The interior floor plan of the house should not be altered. Modifications to finishes should be limited to the interior and exterior of the entrance and the foyer. Attention should be paid to the interface between existing and new finishes and materials. Since the roofing on the entire house will be replaced as part of the larger renovation the designer is not restricted by the current roofing material.
Modifying or eliminating the ceiling outside the entry doors is anticipated to be part of the modifications. This can be accomplished with relatively minor modifications to the roof trusses transferring the load now carried by the drop beam to the wall including the entry doors. (The roof trusses are standard Fink trusses with 2” x 6” chords and 2” x 4” webs and are spaced on 2’ centers.) Raising the ceiling in the foyer will require more significant structural modifications to the roof trusses as well as require the relocation of plumbing, HVAC ductwork and a large electrical cable/conduit that all run above the foyer ceiling. The visual impact of raising the foyer ceiling may justify the added expense of these structural and equipment modifications.
The design should be practical to implement with standard residential materials and construction methods. While cost is a consideration the cost to implement will be weighed against the visual impact of the designs.
While site visits are welcomed we expect they will be impractical for most designers and not necessary for this conceptual design process. I have included an extensive collection of exterior and interior photos along with scaled floor plans that hopefully will provide the designers the information they need to prepare a conceptual design. If additional photos or details are needed please request them.
1) A text description of the proposed conceptual design and how it solves the problem.
2) Plan, section and elevation drawings of the modified areas.
3) One or more eye-level, birds eye or perspective views sufficient to visualize the exterior and interior of the proposed design. At least one of these views should cover the entire front elevation of the house.
4)Door, window and finish schedules.