New Beginnings

written by:
photos by:
April 21, 2009
Originally published in Time for a Change?
Read Full Article
  • 
  Seated on a George Nelson bench, feline resident Miu Miu gazes through the east picture window at the ongoing construction. Sharing the bench is a quarter-inch-to-one-inch-scale model of the house and addition.
    Seated on a George Nelson bench, feline resident Miu Miu gazes through the east picture window at the ongoing construction. Sharing the bench is a quarter-inch-to-one-inch-scale model of the house and addition.
  • 
  On the north façade, a rectangular void cuts through the addition’s second floor. A translucent passage will connect the addition to the existing house.
    On the north façade, a rectangular void cuts through the addition’s second floor. A translucent passage will connect the addition to the existing house.
  • 
  The house’s street-facing west façade. A narrow skylight cuts through the Cor-ten cladding where the roof curves to meet the south wall, bringing cru-cial light into the second floor—and, through an open-ing in the ceiling, also the first floor.
    The house’s street-facing west façade. A narrow skylight cuts through the Cor-ten cladding where the roof curves to meet the south wall, bringing cru-cial light into the second floor—and, through an open-ing in the ceiling, also the first floor.
  • 
  The original facade.
    The original facade.
  • 
  Typical for traditional New England, the original structure looked quaintly stifling both inside and out.
    Typical for traditional New England, the original structure looked quaintly stifling both inside and out.
  • 
  Now light emanates through the house’s rear window, and through polycarbonate panels concealing the upstairs bedroom.
    Now light emanates through the house’s rear window, and through polycarbonate panels concealing the upstairs bedroom.
  • 
  Kim reads the newspaper in the all-white kitchen. White paint, which requires fewer coats than color, was a money-saving strategy. The desk chairs and aluminum lounge chair are both Eames, courtesy of Fernandez’s scavenging.
    Kim reads the newspaper in the all-white kitchen. White paint, which requires fewer coats than color, was a money-saving strategy. The desk chairs and aluminum lounge chair are both Eames, courtesy of Fernandez’s scavenging.
  • 
  Lit by the skylight and an Artemide ceiling lamp, Schenk and Ngai consult laptops on mid-century Heywood Wakefield desks, which Fernandez salvaged from a Harvard junkyard and then restored.
    Lit by the skylight and an Artemide ceiling lamp, Schenk and Ngai consult laptops on mid-century Heywood Wakefield desks, which Fernandez salvaged from a Harvard junkyard and then restored.
  • 
  Upstairs, simple porcelain pieces such as a Kohler toilet adorn the modest master 
bathroom. Beneath the downward-pitched ceiling, a polycarbonate-panel wall brings in light from the south-facing skylight behind.
    Upstairs, simple porcelain pieces such as a Kohler toilet adorn the modest master bathroom. Beneath the downward-pitched ceiling, a polycarbonate-panel wall brings in light from the south-facing skylight behind.
  • 
  An ingenious floor treatment—slats laid over the ceiling beams—enables the skylight to do double duty, pouring sunlight into the living room below. The translucent bathroom wall turns that into triple duty.
    An ingenious floor treatment—slats laid over the ceiling beams—enables the skylight to do double duty, pouring sunlight into the living room below. The translucent bathroom wall turns that into triple duty.
  • 
  Uni exposed the ceiling beams, formerly concealed by drywall and a kitschy light fixture upon which Schenk would hit his head. They built a platform bed using a couple of hollow doors as a surface for the mattress.
    Uni exposed the ceiling beams, formerly concealed by drywall and a kitschy light fixture upon which Schenk would hit his head. They built a platform bed using a couple of hollow doors as a surface for the mattress.
Previous Next
Slideshow loading...
@current / @total
Read Full Article

You May Also Like

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...