Midtown Historic Craftsman
Renovation and Addition
This classic 1920's bungalow was purchased by a developer to renovate and expand. The program was to enlarge the three-bedroom, two-bath single story home into an Executive Estate Home by extending the rear footprint, adding a Second Level, and digging out a Terrace Level. The new house was to offer Four bedrooms, four and one-half Baths, plus a Library, formal Living and Dining Rooms and open Kitchen / Keeping Room, and a Terrace Level with Media Room and Wine Cellar.
The project site was in Midtown, a neighborhood that was in transition, and would most likely capture a homeowner with an open mind. Much development was happening in the area, particularly with rehabs and contemporary high-rise developments. With these factors in mind, we decided to embark upon a contemporized design direction that would honor the roots of the neighborhood without being confined entirely by its historic origins.
For the exterior we began with a blue-gray granite foundation, and combined gray-painted brick and siding. For contrast we incorporate black iron railing and window trims, and an aluminum roof crowning the new glass turret at the Second Level.
The interior palette mirrors the exterior, combining rich ebony flooring with taupe walls, white trims, and chrome fixtures throughout. the Foyer soars two-stories, and is crowned with a wood-trimmed pyramidal ceiling that is one with the roof. Period millwork runs throughout the property, including traditional cabinetry with tapered columns and Queen-Ann style box beams.
The Kitchen is a modern mix of blue-black glazed cabinets juxtaposed against Statuary white marble countertops and multi-colored Italian mosaic glass tile back splash. The Master Bath combines period white cabinets with Statuary marble and blue/green river rock walls and floors. It also features an eight foot by twelve foot glassed spa room incorporating a whirlpool bath and steam shower with body spas and rainfall shower head. This modified bungalow retains the appeal of its Arts-and-Crafts origins, while injecting new life for upscale city living.