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.