Suburban Bungalow Grows Up

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This modest renovation resists the current inner-ring suburban trend towards demolition of older, smaller homes in favor of new over-scaled ‘farmhouses.’ The clients, a young family with two small children wanted more space for play and individual bedrooms but expressed a desire not to ‘lose one another’ in a home too vast or impersonal. Their one-story bungalow, a relic of the first wave of suburban development in this area, has been expanded through the careful integration of appropriately scaled additional program and volume. A carport and efficiency apartment on the first floor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a first-floor playroom and a partial second story with side-by-side bedrooms for the children connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom as well as a new Master Suite. The playroom’s double-height volume binds all of the above and provides access to the garden beyond through a covered porch tucked under the Master Suite. South-facing roof apertures capture and direct daylight deep into the north-facing playroom and porch. New expansive windows frame views to a mature Japanese maple tree in the yard.

2980 New SF

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Interior blockages were removed on the first floor to create better flow between spaces. Photo  of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Interior blockages were removed on the first floor to create better flow between spaces.

The playroom’s double-height volume binds the first and second floors and provides access to the garden beyond through a covered porch tucked under the Master Suite. Photo 2 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

The playroom’s double-height volume binds the first and second floors and provides access to the garden beyond through a covered porch tucked under the Master Suite.

New expansive windows frame views to a mature Japanese
maple tree in the yard. Photo 3 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

New expansive windows frame views to a mature Japanese
maple tree in the yard.

South-facing roof apertures capture and direct daylight deep into the north-facing playroom and porch.  Photo 5 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

South-facing roof apertures capture and direct daylight deep into the north-facing playroom and porch.

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. Photo 7 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom.

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. Photo 8 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom.

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. Photo 9 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom.

The new Master Suite has expansive views towards the garden and mature trees. Photo 10 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

The new Master Suite has expansive views towards the garden and mature trees.

The Master Suite bath incorporates simple but rich natural materials. Photo 11 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

The Master Suite bath incorporates simple but rich natural materials.

The clients, a young family with two small children wanted
more space for play and individual bedrooms but
expressed a desire not to ‘lose one another’ in a home
too vast or impersonal. Photo 12 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

The clients, a young family with two small children wanted
more space for play and individual bedrooms but

expressed a desire not to ‘lose one another’ in a home

too vast or impersonal.

Their one-story bungalow, a relic of the first wave of suburban development in this area, has been expanded through the careful integration of appropriately scaled additional program and volume.  Photo 13 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Their one-story bungalow, a relic of the first wave of suburban development in this area, has been expanded through the careful integration of appropriately scaled additional program and volume.

Careful study of the solar pattern across the site was made so as to optimize potential daylight in the north-facing playroom.   Photo 14 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Careful study of the solar pattern across the site was made so as to optimize potential daylight in the north-facing playroom.

First Floor Plan
A carport and an efficiency apartment on the first floor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a playroom and a stair to the new second floor. A large masonry chimney in the center of the house was also removed to open the space. Photo 15 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

First Floor Plan
A carport and an efficiency apartment on the first floor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a playroom and a stair to the new second floor. A large masonry chimney in the center of the house was also removed to open the space.

Second Floor Plan
On the second story, side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom as well as a new Master Suite.
 Photo 16 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Second Floor Plan
On the second story, side-by-side bedrooms for the children are connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom as well as a new Master Suite.

North-South Building Section Photo 17 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

North-South Building Section

Scale – In contrast to the swollen 'farm' houses sprouting up in many suburban areas, the renovation builds upon the existing architecture, highlighting the intimacy and charm of the cottage-scaled older home.  Photo 18 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

Scale – In contrast to the swollen 'farm' houses sprouting up in many suburban areas, the renovation builds upon the existing architecture, highlighting the intimacy and charm of the cottage-scaled older home.

A carport and efficiency apartment on the first floor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a first-floor playroom and a partial second story. 
 Photo 19 of Suburban Bungalow Grows Up modern homeView Photos

A carport and efficiency apartment on the first floor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a first-floor playroom and a partial second story.

Credits

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Architect
  • EL Studio PLLC
Photographer
  • Paul Burk

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 2980