The new angled roof line – seen on the existing and new parts of the home, and on the studio/garage – blurs the line between old and new. This is in terms of both style and scale – the size of the new studio-garage wing being as substantial as the house itself. In addition, the tapered columns that appear as extensions of the roof forms double as pedestrian arches, which lead through to the new front door, set deeper into the reworked footprint.
In fact, there are two paths to the front door – to the left or right of the square of lawn – and columns on the corners of the two buildings indicate these options.
Another important consideration was the sequence for construction.
“The garage and studio were built first to allow the owners to live on-site while the following stages of construction proceeded,” says Wolf.
“With the studio built, the open-plan living spaces were created, serving as a connective tissue between the existing building and new studio space.”
Lastly, the traditional brick veneer was updated to reflect the modern addition.
“While the final result is almost like a new house, I’m not sure that the result would have been better if we were given a brief to build a brand new house from the outset,” says the architect. “No doubt the design would have been somewhat different, but often having constraints and things to overcome actually makes for more interesting design.”