REDEFINING New Life -

a Country House

Requirements

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'.

Solution

"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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COUNTRY HOUSE 1954
COUNTRY HOUSE 1954

Property showing house at time of purchase.

COUNTRY HOUSE-1953 Rear Elevation
COUNTRY HOUSE-1953 Rear Elevation

Circa 1953: a simple 'shack', typical of local farmhouses. Compare with Plan(s), showing the Existing seen in photo, and the initial Renovation.

Front - showing Porch
Front - showing Porch
COUNTRY HOUSE -1937+1960
COUNTRY HOUSE -1937+1960

Existing Plan (L) represented in previous photo; Renovation circa 1960 (R). The renovated plan was by architect Robert Rosenberg.

COUNTRY HOUSE - First Renovation Ext
COUNTRY HOUSE - First Renovation Ext

Rear elevation following initial Renovation.

COUNTRY HOUSE - First Renovation Int
COUNTRY HOUSE - First Renovation Int

(L) the future Bedroom area as Kitchen-Dining in the First Renovation; (R) Living Room with early Bookcase, and door to Basement. Design by Robert Rosenberg, early residential architect who died at a young age.

COUNTRY HOUSE-1968 Survey
COUNTRY HOUSE-1968 Survey

'Footprint' at R bottom shows the basic form with an addition.

COUNTRY HOUSE-EXISTING PLAN
COUNTRY HOUSE-EXISTING PLAN

Renovation target area; an interim 'renovation' had eliminated the clear arrangement connecting spaces from Front (top) to Rear/Garden (bottom). A Bathroom/Dressing/Closet suite had filled in, leaving a Bedroom which - 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)

COUNTRY HOUSE- STRUCTURAL BAYS
COUNTRY HOUSE- STRUCTURAL BAYS

Overlay on Existing Second Floor (black), with existing and proposed Renovation (red), suggested - 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.

PLAN annotated with Phases
PLAN annotated with Phases

Strategic redefinition of upper level Bedroom & Upper Living Room configuration, and reworking of Kitchen-Dining Plans.

PLAN with Golden Sections
PLAN with Golden Sections
exterior windows 8-15-2015
exterior windows 8-15-2015
COUNTRY HOUSE-Bedroom/day
COUNTRY HOUSE-Bedroom/day

View from entrance to Bedroom, now natural light-filled, with existing (but replaced) windows toward the Road acting as clerestory apertures.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bedroom interior 2
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bedroom interior 2

Bright daylight from new double-hung windows, access doors are "barn doors" infilled with translucent panels. Each door glides sideways, and can be opened separately.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bedroom interior 2
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bedroom interior 2

Both "barn doors" shown open, to Upper Living Room, garden beyond. Cross-ventilation is readily facilitated.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase Design
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase Design

Construction drawings within "givens" of existing width & chimney; a 'triple' bay of modules with are the same and different. Achieving proportional regularity was a goal.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase ACTUAL
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase ACTUAL

Composite analysis of how proportions were realized.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase-to-Bedroom
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bookcase-to-Bedroom

Reality: the new element houses heating/cooling supply grilles in fascia, return air at baseboard,

COUNTRY HOUSE - Upper Living-Room
COUNTRY HOUSE - Upper Living-Room

Bookcase reorganizes the space,

COUNTRY HOUSE -Bedroom/night
COUNTRY HOUSE -Bedroom/night

Illustrating the "lounge" aspect of the room, fully fitted out with Sonos sound system, LED TV, DVD player, and variable lighting.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Cedar Closet design
COUNTRY HOUSE - Cedar Closet design

Bringing design principles to the Cedar Closet: Regulating Lines and proportions.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bathroom 1
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bathroom 1

The new Bathroom, built on the 'footprint' of the old but re-formed space, although on the N face of the house is brightened with white tile and the glow of bright yellow enamel.

COUNTRY HOUSE - Bathroom-2
COUNTRY HOUSE - Bathroom-2

Bathroom interior at night: the sliding door/glass partition is a vertical plane, 'through' which a teakwood bench "slips" by, the "interplay of vertical and horizontal elements". The 'window' is a glass brick panel.