This radical remodel of an Eichler-era townhouse consisted of replacing a confusing floorplan with an open-concept design. A new sky-lit, steel staircase connecting all three levels, transforms the formerly dark interior into a sunlight-drenched space. The living room is now directly accessed from the main entry, and has been converted into an inviting lounge, with a view of the oak-studded backyard.
The newly expanded kitchen and dining room, a half-story up, overlooks the living room and is now the center of the house for our client, a gourmet chef who enjoys entertaining.
At the third floor, the staircase connects the new master bedroom suite and two front bedrooms via a dramatic aluminum-grated landing/bridge. A separate bathroom and laundry room complete this floor.
The weather damaged exterior was re-clad in vertical cedar, galvalume, and steel-troweled stucco recalling the mid-century providence but upping the architectural language to a more refined, contemporary palette.
Thermal comfort had been a challenge for the owner due to the dilapidated condition of the building. Single-paned wood windows, no insulation, dry-rotted siding, and an antiquated FAU system made a majority of the house either too drafty in the winter or too hot in the summer.
By using passive heating and cooling techniques with the installation of the large operable skylight in the middle of the house and insulation, the interior environment requires no active cooling or heating since completed. Other sustainable elements used were radiant heat with high efficiency water heating and solar thermal components, thermally broken, dual-glazed doors and windows, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, and low-VOC paint.