REDEFINING New Life -
a Country House
A small Country weekend house.had been in the Family since 1953, used principally as a Summer Home. Renovated in 1954, the original was added onto with a 'footprint' equal size in Plan, but with a flat roof set several feet lower than the original. An interim Renovation had compromised the flow of spaces, and the principal charge was to begin by a fourth Renovation, impacting 50% of the First Floor Plan. The second Renovation had real 'issues', so the strategy was to 'rewrite' and 'reform'.
"Correcting" the second renovation, which put a Master Bedroom on the First Floor; the indifferent fitting-out of a Bathroom/Dressing/Closet on the footprint of what had been a small Kitchen/Dining resulted in an odd-shape, with no cross-ventilation, doors opening in that then forced cross-circulation through the space. Closing the short run of existing stairs provided enough "grabbed" space to both reorganize the Bathroom to a "clean" shape, relocate, enlarge and install a Cedar Closet, and configure the Master Bedroom into a rational Geometry.
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Design by Robert Rosenberg, early residential architect who died at a young age.
- had twin doors opening into the Bedroom
- still had access to the staircase, effectively cutting circulation through
- Bedroom had little natural light, virtually no cross-ventilation
- has an 'odd' shape, with a dark, dead corner (L)
- there had been, in fact, a front porch as shown in 1937 Plan
- the wall between the new Bedroom/Bathroom/Closet suite was continuous vertically, Basement furnace, occupied a portion of the Upper Living Room bookcase.