Collection by Sarah Akkoush

An Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a 1950s Ranch House in the Bay Area


This addition and renovation of a midcentury California ranch home is tied together with warm ipe wood.

In Menlo Park, California, a retired couple set out to add space and function to their cute but compact 1950s ranch home. Knowing the original house needed structural improvement, the owners were also motivated to create more living space in an easily accessible addition that would remain on one level. The pair, avid gardeners, also wanted a greater sense of connection to the outdoors. With these objectives in mind, they teamed up with Terry & Terry Architecture, who conceptualized an extension that was comprised of two “floating volumes” cohesively woven into the fabric of the existing home.

The larger volume of the addition, consisting of kitchen, living, and dining spaces, loops around to the smaller...
The two wings of the addition are connected by a central “void space.” The glass walls visually draw the garden and...
A spacious deck was created as part of the addition.
Accenting the warm wood tones, pops of cobalt blue are found throughout the home, including in the kitchen.
The original home was preserved and renovated.
A custom skylight floods the bathroom with light.
“The most challenging part of the design was fusing the old part of the house with the new addition,” says principal...
Open and inviting, the addition enables a fluid indoor-outdoor connection that didn’t exist before.
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