Transforming a traditional row house that dates back to 1880 into a contemporary home that serves the needs of a modern family is a task that requires a careful balance of form and function The space available is indeed limited creating another dimension to the design conundrum and it does take a hint of creativity along with an understanding of the building’s past to get the best result.
Nestled in Germany and overlooking Lake Starnberg and the distant hills the follows precisely this design philosophy. The upper level of the house holds the living area kitchen and dining room and is accessed by a giving those inside unabated views of the scenery around the home.
By suing the gray shingle roofing material all the way down to the walls Lane Williams creates a smart fusion of classic and contemporary styles that draws your attention instantly. A new media room that also doubles as guest space a children’s bedroom and a white kitchen with quartz countertops add to the sparkle of this revitalized Seattle family home.
The lower level contains the an open plan living area along with the kitchen and dining space guest bedroom a pantry and laundry room while the top floor of the extension holds the master suite. With the addition of the two-story structure much of the original home serves as a smart buffer zone and now houses a home studio and playroom.
One of the striking features of the house is the clever use of staircases bridges and walkways to ensure that the ground below is left as untouched as possible. With an exterior that seems to blend with the colors of nature all around it the distinctly contemporary structure seems like a natural extension of the countryside.
The new rear addition to an existing home was modelled on the design flexibility and simplicity of the classic dollhouse where partitions between rooms are often arbitrary and one room can be turned into another by simply swapping the décor!
It was Lane Williams Architects who transformed this 1960s midcentury home into a contemporary family residence by expanding the living area adding an additional bedroom and breaking up the visual of dark Western Red Cedar in the living area with a white-painted drywall.