Like most firms tasked with renovating a storied 1950s Eichler property, Terry & Terry Architecture planned to keep the best parts of this Palo Alto, California, address in mind while modernizing certain aspects of it for the current owners. The pair wanted photovoltaic panels on a new roof form, solar water heating, a rain catchment system to offset energy use, and large overhangs to provide shade in the summer. The couple also requested a simplified floor plan, punctuated by a main living space that opens to to the surrounding landscape. Two existing bedrooms were made to feel more connected to the outdoors as well, and both new bedrooms feature sleeping porches.
Architect: Terry & Terry Architecture
Project: Edgewood House
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Completed: August 2020
From the firm: "Using a similar material palette, the design utilizes the primary floor plan and transforms the existing space by folding out the horizontal and vertical planes of the first story to form the second story. The new roof form creates a large central area and houses a second-floor bedroom wing. Elevating and shifting parts of the structure helps support the second story and stairways."
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