This project involved the complete renovation of a house located in a historic neighborhood. The original 1940s house suffered an unfortunate addition in the 1980s. The main goals of the project were to restore the original vocabulary of the exterior while transforming the interiors to bring in more light and provide a better connection with the fantastic backyard. A simple material palette maintains a balance between the traditional aspects of the original house and the modern updates.

The architects made subtle changes to the front door and entry landscape, and concentrated on transforming the confined and dark interiors to bring in more light and establish a better connection with the outside. In the existing house, the backyard views were blocked by a heavy fireplace and small windows with thick mullions. This sense of disjuncture was also present at the existing yard, where a fenced-in pool, brick terrace and roofed arcade served to divide rather than unify the landscape. Responding to these spatial liabilities, the architects opened up the backyard by shifting the new lap pool to the side and aligning it with the new sliding glass doors of the den. This realignment—in conjunction with a new, largely transparent, rear façade—created the opportunity for multiple points of prospect between interior spaces and outdoor zones, blurring the line between the two. A Sol Lewitt sculpture, visible from the main rooms of the house, increases the depth of the yard and provides a crisp and geometric focal point.

The upper level of the existing garage was also remodeled to include a fully-equipped gym, bathroom, and guest bedroom. The strategic additions and subtractions to this project allowed for the thoughtful recapturing of outdoor spaces: a courtyard with a fountain off the living room, a terrace off the gym, an outdoor living room with a cooking area, fireplace and projection screen behind the garage and a sunbathing deck off the den.

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Guest quarters at Residence 1414 by Miró Rivera Architects

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Landscape Design
  • Root Design Company
Builder
  • Dalgleish Construction Company
Photographer
  • Paul Finkel

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 5
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Traditional
  • Square Feet
  • 5600
  • Lot Size
  • 0.5 acres