This remodel is for a unique 1920s era stone (and cedar-sided in parts) french farmhouse replica, with iron casement windows and a steep slate roof. It is situated in a private natural setting. The house has a very linear arrangement and is also somewhat dark due to small deep-set windows (thick window sills ~ 12”). Overall the house lacks brightness and flow, and mitigating these shortcomings are the main objectives of the remodel/addition.
The arrangement of rooms on the first level, beginning with the garage, is linear and consists of: a pantry area connected awkwardly to a stairwell (which is narrow and winding (see diagrams) to a bonus and guest room above the garage and kitchen respectively); followed by a galley kitchen; a laundry area; a dining room and then living room. There is no casual eat-in area associated with the kitchen, and the kitchen is disconnected from the living space by the intervening dining room.
We want to put an addition on our home which fulfills 4 main goals: 1) To create a space filled with natural light and views and easy access to the outdoors, which, 2) enlarges the existing kitchen and adds an island and an eat-in area to it and 3) adds a casual bright family room beyond the eat-in area, and 4) also serves to join the new space with the existing kitchen and dining areas of the house to create a better overall function and flow. A bonus goal would be to create a more functional means of access to the second story bonus and guest rooms above the garage and kitchen.
The addition will encompass an exterior narrow covered porch/walkway (see illustrations). This porch is currently accessible by three independent doors: one from the dining room, one from the laundry room and one from the stairwell leading to the upstairs guest area of the house. A door from the porch also accesses the rear of the garage (doors shown in illustration). The addition will eliminate these, and should create new exit/s to the outside, and a new entry to the garage. The laundry room can be relocated within the redesigned space.
Ideally the addition would have a very open spacious feeling and should have high or vaulted ceilings. It should be a four-season room with the brightness and openness of a sunroom, and/or it can be like a conservatory. It can have skylights, but probably not a glass roof.
The property in the area for the addition is flat and there is adequate space to build outward about 15 - 20 feet and with a width of approximately 25 -30 feet. A project area of 400 ft2, is approximate. One illustration provided shows an approximate footprint and concept of an addition, but we are open to new ideas.
Some photos are provided of the areal view of the house, exterior views of the specific area for renovation and some from other areas to give an idea of overall appearance and character of the home. Also provided are a few examples of ideas we have gathered from the web showing additions to other stone homes that we felt might work in our situation. I particularly like sample 3 (tanglewood-hill-top_thumb.gif) for the amount of windows and its overall appearance.
The addition, while being distinct from the existing structure in that it is very bright and open, must be in good visual and structural harmony with and/or compliment the existing appearance of the home. As such, it should incorporate matching stone exterior and/or cedar sides and slate (or copper?) roof - but may also be largely glass/windowed. It should also create a more functional kitchen and casual living arrangement that has better flow than the current linear arrangement. It should also be energy efficient.
A critical criterion is an attractive appearance that is in harmony with the existing home and environment, and one that creates a bright and welcoming space and that improves the flow. It will look as though it was part of the original house design. A winning design must present views that clearly show this harmony.
A suitable firm with an outstanding design will be considered to take on this project in the coming year.