Collection by Sarah Akkoush

An Eye-Catching San Diego Addition with a Curved, Two-Story Garage Door


A dramatic garage addition adds volume to this ranch-style home in Southern California.

In Ocean Beach, San Diego, Eliza Slavet and Anthony Burr unexpectedly found themselves growing out of their single-level 1954 ranch-style home with the addition of a first, then second child. The couple had initially remodeled their dated home with the help of architect/contractor Francisco Garcia of the Building Workshop, reconfiguring the layout and cosmetically refreshing the interior. Two children later, the need for more living space for their family became unavoidable. The couple considered moving and started looking around at larger properties, but kept coming back to their own home. It was in a neighborhood they loved, close to the beach, with an open floor plan and large yard. When the decision was made to stay put, the couple again enlisted Garcia to reimagine their space for a second time. Not wanting to lose outdoor space through a possible backyard expansion, and also wishing to avoid dismantling the first renovation as much as possible, the team ultimately decided to reclaim the utilitarian garage space and build upwards in a dramatic vertical expansion.

The front facade of the home shows the two-story addition seamlessly integrated with the original single-level ranch...
When the team chose to preserve the function of the rolling garage door, it proved to be one of the biggest design...
Once the team decided to have the garage door roll up the outside of the structure, they imagined its upstairs portion...
The programming of the garage addition called for a secondary living space and laundry room downstairs, new work spaces...
Eliza, a writer, and Anthony, a music professor, both gained new office spaces.
The new master bathroom also benefits from its position along the canted exterior wall.
The “lifeguard tower–like” bay window is a bold counterpoint to the original home and offers rewarding ocean views.
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