AIA Gold medal award winner, Family Room and Master Suite Addition and home renovation, Maplewood, NJ
Designing for the marketplace then and now.
Much of the housing stock in the suburban metro area dates to the early 20th century and presents challenges for today’s family and lifestyle. Originally designed for the 1920’s marketplace, the guiding principles for the scope of this addition and home renovation included maintaining the existing character of the home, as well as, the trending demographics in the area and a layout for the 2020’s marketplace.
Much of the original home remains intact and untouched, including the most of the rooms facing the street, maintaining its context in the neighborhood. The footprint was minimally impacted, but portions of the basement were able to be expanded under the addition creating additional habitable space for a home office or gym.
The first floor powder room was relocated discretely between the dining room and kitchen.
The new kitchen received a modest addition and gut renovation. Natural light floods the space starting with the eastern morning sun.
As the sun tracks around throughout the day, the south facing window over the sink along with the large windows from the adjacent family room illuminate the kitchen. The family room maintains the original porch feel with the bead board ceiling and open views to the garden. The enhanced connection to the kitchen and yard spaces are more in line with today’s more casual living and open layouts.
A new master suite was created over the new family room and kitchen addition. The master bedchamber features a vaulted ceiling with wood trim to accentuate the details of the original stained wood in the home, while distinguishing it as the master suite desired in today’s market. Six large windows fill the space with natural light.
The addition and alterations are more than a just a box on the back. They are thoughtfully integrated making it a challenge to determine what was old and what is new. This was achieved by integrating doors, hardware and decorative lighting from the original home as well as salvaged and reclaimed items to blend the new with the old. Many of the exterior details including the deep eaves, exposed rafters, paneling and gable battens were created to match details on the original house and Craftsman homes of its vintage.
Nearly 100 years old, this home has been enhanced for the times while remaining timeless.
To read more about this project check out the “Client Empathy” Blog series that follows the project from conception to completion.
The American Institute of Architects’ Design Awards Program brings public and professional recognition to architectural projects which exhibit design excellence. Architects are invited to submit their work for review by the distinguished Design Awards Jury. Clawson Architects has been recognized seven time in the last 6 years. Jury comments for this project included…
“Wonderful quality of design...” “A place we would love to come home to...” and “1920’s character realized today.” “Superb project… “ “Love the execution…” “Love the garage…” “Seamless expansion…” “Appropriate interpretation of historic themes…” ”Got it right!”
But our favorite comment was “I would want to hire them for my house.” And it should be noted that Clawson Architects has been hired by more than ten collegues to date to assit in the detailing of their homes.
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