For my solution to your project I decided to propose three separate additions to the existing house to resolve various requests in the program. My thought is that the site parameters support this, and it seems to deliver the most clear and straightforward floor plan. Also, there might be the possibility of phasing the construction, so you could prioritize and construct each wing or portion of the overall scheme as budget or time allowed.
RECORDING STUDIO / GARAGE.
Since the house is setback so far from the front, and there is a significant slope to the grade there, I propose a 1 ½ story addition at the front that is set into the grade so that the roof is in proportion to the rest of the house, but allows a second floor recording studio above a garages that opens to grade at the front. The wing is then connected back to the main house with a lower roofed mud room/ breezeway.
The second floor space would have views to the northwest so I provided french doors on the front façade and a small juliette balcony which would also add to the curb appeal of the house.
Side dormers would add needed height to offset the low eaves and provide additional light into the interior. The floor plan includes a small room at the top of the stair which could provide storage space or perhaps even be roughed in for a future bath. This would make the space multi-functional as an in-law or nanny suite or even a rental unit and add to the resale value of the property. Additional storage could be provided within the eaves at the corners.
I rendered the façade as somewhat modern with glazed garage doors and horizontal metal railings, though you could easily soften this with more traditional doors and wood railings.
Off the rear of the house behind what is the old garage I provided a new master bedroom. Located here, the new wing would form an “L” shape and the bedroom could have large french doors out to the rear terrace.
I utilized most of the existing interior space to create a large master bath and closet, which are accessed off a hallway leading to the bedroom. The advantage to this plan is two-fold. There are fewer doors off the bedroom and this affords a level of privacy, so one person can rise in the morning and get ready without having to disturb a sleeping spouse. This also provides a discrete arrangement when getting up at night so lights are not bothersome.
The remainder of the wing was utilized for a new large laundry room with storage inside and a new pantry/storage closet. The existing laundry/storage now provides access from the new garage by serving as a connecting hallway. [My theory is that while not located in a single room , the amount of overall storage space throughout should add up to at least 150 sf]
I bumped out a small projecting bay in the master bath to provide a spot for a freestanding vessel soaking tub. By taking advantage of the existing fencing around the side, you could create a private walled garden off the master so this bay could be wrapped with windows to give the new bath a spa like effect. You could as an option eliminate this bay and the shower could become a combination tub/shower if necessary.
This part of the proposal could in fact be optional, but while you were reworking the house, I wanted to make this suggestion. The plan to me seems both backwards and lopsided. The living room is right inside the front door without allowing for a gracious entry. The dining room has the fireplace which seems to me would be more desirable in the living. Also the fireplace seems sort of crammed into the corner.
My proposal is to flip the living and dining areas. I would open up the new living room to the existing rear bedroom and eliminate the closets there. This would provide an open expanse across the rear of the house, so now the existing fireplace would be centered on a large living area, which then leads through french doors to a new music room which could hold a grand piano. Even though you will have the recording studio, I thought it might be desirable to still have a space in the main house for music, and this room could have new french doors to the rear terrace.
The front space could easily accommodate a dining area along with a new entrance hall. I’ve shown the space delineated with columns so the space is open but each use is defined. The new dining area would also be open to the new hall leading from the garage wing.
While you may not intend to renovate the kitchen I wanted to at least suggest the idea of altering the island to provide a new raised bar providing a place for stools for entertaining. With the adjustment to the plan, there is now room to the left of the refrigerator for a new storage cabinet or perhaps even addition cabinets that could provide built-in wall ovens.
To offset the loss of the rear bedroom, I extended the bedroom wing to the front to add a new room. I decided to make the new extension slightly narrower to allow for the gable on the façade to be offset. [In retrospect I think I would have made the wing just slightly narrower to accentuate the offset even more, but I had started the exterior renderings and with time constraints I was just not able to go back and make the adjustment.]
I also combined the two baths into a single compartmented bath which supports multiple users. I shortened this area some to provide needed depth for the new living area.
Closets throughout were adjusted accordingly, and now each bedroom has a fairly equal size space. The hvac could be relocated to a new closet in the corner where the living area leads to the bedroom corridor. This plan also by default solves the issue of visibility from the living into the bedrooms.
As an additional suggestion though not essential, I propose a new gabled roof over a widened entry stoop. This will enhance the façade and provide a spot for someone to be protected from the rain while standing at the front door. I would further propose to terrace the new front court formed by the two new additions. You could use some of the left over field stone to tie everything together.
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