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Clean lines and a simple palette of concrete and stucco helped modernize the front of the Schena-Ricke Residence, while the addition of a setback second story brought much-needed space without adding too much visual volume from the street. Cedar siding accents the entryway.

Schena-Ricke Residence

Schena-Ricke Residence

  • Clean lines and a simple palette of concrete and stucco helped modernize the front of the Schena-Ricke Residence, while the addition of a setback second story brought much-needed space without adding too much visual volume from the street. Cedar siding accents the entryway.

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    Clean lines and a simple palette of concrete and stucco helped modernize the front of the Schena-Ricke Residence, while the addition of a setback second story brought much-needed space without adding too much visual volume from the street. Cedar siding accents the entryway.

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    Clean lines and a simple palette of concrete and stucco helped modernize the front of the Schena-Ricke Residence, while the addition of a setback second story brought much-needed space without adding too much visual volume from the street. Cedar siding accents the entryway.

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    NanaWall opening glass walls connect the new family room (formerly the master bedroom) to the existing outdoor deck, patio, and pool, as well as the new second-floor master bedroom to a rear balcony.

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    Skylights, a transom, and a wall of windows open up and brighten the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen features Concreteworks countertops with a rice hull finish, Caesarstone countertops in tequila sunrise, Woodmaster wenge cabinets, and appliances from Miele, Bosch, and Bluestar.

  • A ribbon of windows cantilevers slightly from the front of the house and features a no-mullion corner for a wraparound view.

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    A ribbon of windows cantilevers slightly from the front of the house and features a no-mullion corner for a wraparound view.

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    A ribbon of windows cantilevers slightly from the front of the house and features a no-mullion corner for a wraparound view.

  • The master bathroom features a Concreteworks countertop, Woodmaster custom cabinetry made with Teragren Synergy bamboo, and Toto Aquia dual-flush toilets.

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    The master bathroom features a Concreteworks countertop, Woodmaster custom cabinetry made with Teragren Synergy bamboo, and Toto Aquia dual-flush toilets.

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    The master bathroom features a Concreteworks countertop, Woodmaster custom cabinetry made with Teragren Synergy bamboo, and Toto Aquia dual-flush toilets.

  • The original concete driveway was repurposed into front walkway pavers.

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    The original concete driveway was repurposed into front walkway pavers.

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    The original concete driveway was repurposed into front walkway pavers.

  • The Schena-Ricke Residence, before.

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    The Schena-Ricke Residence, before.

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    The Schena-Ricke Residence, before.

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Expanding and modernizing the Schena-Ricke 1930s house in Menlo Park, Calif., could easily have resulted in an oversized, out-of-proportion structure. Instead, through the addition of a set-back second story, an update of the front façade, and a reworking of the existing layout, the designers at Ana Williamson Architects transformed the cottage into a modern, spacious, and efficient dwelling that still coexists harmoniously with its neighbors.

The original 1,553-square-foot structure was almost entirely deconstructed; the walls were insulated to R-19 with recycled-denim batts and the ceilings to R-47.7 with cellulose, spray-foam, and rigid insulation. The architects reconfigured several small rooms into an open kitchen/dining room/living room and the existing master bedroom into a family room; the second story added a master suite, an exercise room, and a balcony without adding too much visual volume from the street. The team specified low-E, double-glazed new and replacement windows, with natural lighting and ventilation enhanced via first- and second-level clerestories and a double-height unit in the stairwell.

Seeking modern style without going overboard, the designers focused on clean lines, with simple volumes, a limited palette of materials, and the removal of superfluous decoration. For example, a ribbon of metal windows, which cantilevers slightly from the front, features a no-mullion corner, an element that’s repeated in other areas of the house. Systems and structure also were modernized for efficiency, including fluorescent lighting, occupancy sensors, Energy Star appliances, radiant heating, dual-flush toilets, and weather-based irrigation controllers.

“We wanted to do a modestly sized remodel and addition that fit into the context of the neighborhood without having to follow specific traditional styles,” says Williamson. “They are viewing their house as an art piece that can also be comfortable, functional, and beautiful.”

 


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