Built in the late 1970s, the Auburn house is reminiscent of the California Modern homes built in the mid-century. Located in an established neighborhood of mixed residential typologies, the house greets the neighborhood on the north street side and opens to a southern back yard perched above the North Fork of the American River canyon. The owners, who both work from home, asked us to develop a master plan for the property that included additional space for private offices, a guest bedroom, a workshop, and a future pool. Also desired was an extensive remodel of the existing house that update the home and improve energy efficiency.

The two-story addition to the home is tucked into a narrow buildable slice of the parcel on the eastern end of the home. It optimizes the existing infrastructure and only hints at a bold modern form, from the street side. However, on the private south side, the addition opens dramatically to the inspiring southern canyon view from the second-floor office spaces. A second entrance is provided into the “creative” wing of the building – to allow work to occur with some separation from the activity of family life. The remodel of the existing home evokes the California Modernist moments of the building by creating smoother transitions between the interior and exterior spaces and updating the kitchen to create better functionality all while using sustainable materials that are expressed in an honest manner.

The energy upgrades on this home focus on improving the envelope through meticulous air sealing, replacing all the existing insulation, replacing all the windows, and upgrading all the mechanical equipment. An oversized and outdated furnace was replaced with a high performing unit installed within a conditioned attic. Heating and cooling in the new addition will be provided by a ductless mini split. A roof mounted 6 kW photovoltaic system is expected to offset all the electrical usage for this mixed fuel home.

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Modern home with Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and House Building Type. South elevation of remodeled existing home with modern addition. Photo  of Auburn Addition and Remodel

South elevation of remodeled existing home with modern addition.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Quartzite Counter, Concrete Floor, Undermount Sink, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, and Ceiling Lighting. The remodeled kitchen retained plumbing locations and general layout, but functionality and circulation was improved. Photo 2 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The remodeled kitchen retained plumbing locations and general layout, but functionality and circulation was improved.

Modern home with Kitchen, Range, Wood Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Engineered Quartz Counter, Recessed Lighting, and Concrete Floor. Simple maple plywood casework and cabinets are used throughout the house. Photo 3 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

Simple maple plywood casework and cabinets are used throughout the house.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Refrigerator, Wood Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The refrigerator was relocated from an overly dominate location and tucked into a pantry wall. Photo 4 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The refrigerator was relocated from an overly dominate location and tucked into a pantry wall.

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Gas Burning Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, and Coffee Tables. Original single pane metal windows were replaced throughout the home with more efficient fiberglass windows. Window locations were kept original with the addition of several new openings to bring in more daylighting. A leaking old brick fireplace was framed in and drywalled to improve the air barrier. A new gas insert fireplace was added to the living room. Photo 5 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

Original single pane metal windows were replaced throughout the home with more efficient fiberglass windows. Window locations were kept original with the addition of several new openings to bring in more daylighting. A leaking old brick fireplace was framed in and drywalled to improve the air barrier. A new gas insert fireplace was added to the living room.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, and Concrete Floor. A "book nook" and play space connects the living room with the kitchen/dining area. Photo 6 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

A "book nook" and play space connects the living room with the kitchen/dining area.

Modern home with Living Room, Bookcase, and Concrete Floor. A "book nook" and play space connects the living room with the kitchen/dining area. Photo 7 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

A "book nook" and play space connects the living room with the kitchen/dining area.

Modern home with Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Table. The opening from the kitchen/dining area to the outside was expanded with a bifold door. Photo 8 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The opening from the kitchen/dining area to the outside was expanded with a bifold door.

Modern home with Shed & Studio. A new shed/workshop space was design and built in the backyard. Photo 9 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

A new shed/workshop space was design and built in the backyard.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The petite addition houses two office spaces on the second floor, one tucked away behind a hidden bookcase door. Photo 10 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The petite addition houses two office spaces on the second floor, one tucked away behind a hidden bookcase door.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The petite addition houses two office spaces on the second floor, one tucked away behind a hidden bookcase door. Photo 11 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The petite addition houses two office spaces on the second floor, one tucked away behind a hidden bookcase door.

Modern home with Bookcase. Behind the hidden bookcase door, the office of the owner (a graphic designer who works from home) opens up to an inspiring river canyon view. Photo 12 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

Behind the hidden bookcase door, the office of the owner (a graphic designer who works from home) opens up to an inspiring river canyon view.

Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Undermount Sink, and Engineered Quartz Counter. Maple plywood casework, white walls, subway tiles - a simple color and material palette was selected by the owners throughout the home. Photo 13 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

Maple plywood casework, white walls, subway tiles - a simple color and material palette was selected by the owners throughout the home.

Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Mid-Century Building Type, and House Building Type. The modern two story addition is squeezed into a narrow buildable slice of the parcel, expanding the original home to allow for two office spaces and a guest room. Photo 14 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The modern two story addition is squeezed into a narrow buildable slice of the parcel, expanding the original home to allow for two office spaces and a guest room.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Mid-Century Building Type, and Concrete Siding Material. The modern addition sits back from the street view. Photo 15 of Auburn Addition and Remodel

The modern addition sits back from the street view.

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Midcentury
  • Square Feet
  • 2542