A simple single-story mid-century home was transformed into a beautiful multi-story, multi-building craftsman-inspired family demesne over several design and construction phases. With a creative structural solution, the Owners were able to have the second-floor master suite they desired. Because they were so pleased with the first phase of the project the Owners returned to Phillips|Sekanick Architects, inc. for the design of an in-law suite. Warm wood trim, stacked stone accents, a rich color palette and a subtle ceiling arch are design elements found throughout the grounds.
The Owners of a modest 1-story mid-century modern house wanted to expand upward for a new master suite. Instead of removing the existing flat roof, they wanted the new master suite to be supported by a structural system located completely above the existing roof. The two independent structures would need to be linked together in a logical fashion and architectural styles thoughtfully blended. Several years after the initial expansion was completed, the Owners returned asking for an in-law suite with similar architectural features. They also wanted an outdoor patio space that related to the design theme but made its own statement.
By surrounding the existing house with a new structural colonnade an independent second level was able to be added above the existing residence. A two-story foyer with an open tread stair was added to link the two levels. A craftsman style with modern flair was applied to the newly unified elements. This design style was carried into the in-law suite. To further unify the design the gentle arch of the main residence foyer entry was repeated in the ceiling of the in-law suite and in the patio pergola. A bold red color was used at the pergola to highlight this playful element in the outdoor landscape.