House of the Week: Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a Midcentury Ranch House

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Readers were impressed by this transformative renovation for a 1950s ranch house in the Bay Area, which prioritizes outdoor connection at every turn.

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Shrubs, Grass, and Horizontal Fences, Wall. “The most challenging part of the design was fusing the old part of the house with the new addition,” says principal architect Alex Terry. The character and architectural integrity of the single-level 1950s ranch house was thoughtfully reconsidered during the addition and remodel. The home’s front porch, typical of period, was refreshed with ipe decking and railing. Photo  of House of the Week: Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a Midcentury Ranch HouseView Photos

In Menlo Park, California, a retired couple set out to add space and function to their cute but compact 1950s ranch home.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Shrubs. A spacious deck was created as part of the addition. A cantilevered concrete bench stretches out to the rear garden and complements the adjacent concrete wall. Photo  of House of the Week: Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a Midcentury Ranch HouseView Photos

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.

Modern home with Windows and Picture Window Type. The two wings of the addition are connected by a central “void space.” The glass walls visually draw the garden and greenery into the living space. Both East Coast transplants, the couple wanted to more easily take advantage of favorable gardening conditions in the mild Northern California climate. With this in mind, they used the renovation to bring the outdoors in, as well as encourage easy and direct exterior access for gardening. Photo  of House of the Week: Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a Midcentury Ranch HouseView Photos

The pair, avid gardeners, also wanted a greater sense of connection to the outdoors.

Modern home with Living Room and Medium Hardwood Floor. The larger volume of the addition, consisting of kitchen, living, and dining spaces, loops around to the smaller bedroom through a wooden passage. The same ipe, with differing finishes, is used for both the interior and exterior. Expansive sliding glass doors by Fleetwood dramatically open up the living space to the outdoors. Photo  of House of the Week: Indoor-Outdoor Renovation for a Midcentury Ranch HouseView Photos

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.