Client approached Verner Arch with the challenge of converting a tired 1950’s ranch into a modern home for a family of five - on a limited budget. One spouse works in tech and the other is a child psychologist. They were looking for a loft-like open floor plan space where everyone could gather for meals, studying and relaxing.

Our design philosophy revolves around form, material and light. Our goal was to create interesting and engaging architectural forms on a tight lot. Given the budget constraints, the Homeowners wanted us to salvage as much of the existing footprint as possible.

The key to the success of this project was developing an efficient floor plan that connected the spaces and flowed organically from the entry through the great room to the rear patio. By creating a central great room with a high ceiling, the space was opened up to create an Urban loft feel. The space is now filled with natural light . The structural beams were left exposed to create scale and delineation. The original layout did not allow for access to the backyard ; the revised plan now creates a nice indoor/outdoor flow. The great room becomes the home’s primary living space. A secondary loft (above entry) and playroom are delineated separate spaces that afford a degree of privacy.

For the exterior, a priority became addressing the street elevation to diminish the garage’s presence. A major challenge was dealing with arcane planning requirement that dictated the need for two off street parking spaces, not in the front setback. Our solution was to design the front entry path that served as the second “parking” space for permitting, and was then finished into entry path.

The resulting transformation has elevated a dark and dated space into a loft-like Contemporary space, well suited to the lives of a busy family.

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Modern home with Kitchen, Marble Counter, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Refrigerator, Accent Lighting, Range Hood, Cooktops, Wood Cabinet, Undermount Sink, and Wall Oven. Renovated great room provides space for the whole family Photo  of HedgeView Photos

Renovated great room provides space for the whole family

Modern home with Kitchen, Microwave, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Cabinet, Accent Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Range, Marble Counter, and Undermount Sink. Open plan kitchen with large waterfall island Photo 2 of HedgeView Photos

Open plan kitchen with large waterfall island

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Stools, Table, Accent Lighting, Storage, Chair, Light Hardwood Floor, and Recessed Lighting. Open plan gives the space a loft-like feel. Photo 3 of HedgeView Photos

Open plan gives the space a loft-like feel.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Accent Lighting, Bookcase, Bench, Recessed Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Ladder to loft adds a playful element. Photo 4 of HedgeView Photos

Ladder to loft adds a playful element.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Fences, Wall, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Flowers, Trees, Garden, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. Large sliders blur the line between indoors and out and expand the living space. Photo 5 of HedgeView Photos

Large sliders blur the line between indoors and out and expand the living space.

Modern home with Hallway and Light Hardwood Floor. Built in storage keeps the entryway clear of clutter. Photo 6 of HedgeView Photos

Built in storage keeps the entryway clear of clutter.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Green Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Entry way has a modern feel with custom door and lighting. Photo 7 of HedgeView Photos

Entry way has a modern feel with custom door and lighting.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Green Siding Material, and House Building Type. Homes exterior is updated for greater curb appeal. Photo 8 of HedgeView Photos

Homes exterior is updated for greater curb appeal.

Modern home with Exterior, Green Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Green Roof Material, and House Building Type. A major challenge was dealing with arcane planning requirement that dictated the need for two off street parking spaces. Our solution was to design the front entry path that served as the second “parking” space and was then finished into entry path. Photo 9 of HedgeView Photos

A major challenge was dealing with arcane planning requirement that dictated the need for two off street parking spaces. Our solution was to design the front entry path that served as the second “parking” space and was then finished into entry path.

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Verner Architects
Interior Design
  • Catherine Nelson Designs
Builder
  • O.K. Construction
Photographer
  • Paul Dyer

Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern