My business, ten seventy architecture, takes on a lot of residential additions / remodels. Depending on what type of addition / remodel + where it can be located relevant to you existing home, there are generally 2 option for architectural style:
- match your homes existing architectural style (part II)
- modify your homes existing architectural style
Generally I’d recommend considering how a well designed contemporary or modern addition / remodel could improve the functional components of your home. In some cases we’re restricted from doing this b/c of an HOA, the client’s budget (reinterpreting a style can be more expensive b/c of aesthetic modification elsewhere then the addition), zoning, or the planned size / program of an addition. In these cases I’d recommend to option #1, matching architectural style. This can be done but not without a clear understanding of your home, the respective architectural style, + the elements that make this style.
One project which I’d like to use to explain this is the Rancho Santa Fe Residence. The existing home is a Ranch which is protected by the local HOA restrictions. Characteristics of Ranch homes include:
- low profile elevations
- sprawling, single floor plans
- low hanging eaves
- restrained ornamentation
- clear separation of public + private interior spaces
For this project we planned a kitchen / living room renovation + exterior improvements that were consist w/ this style. The kitchen renovation included a ceiling modification to define a new oversized island as a point of destination within the home. Restoring the kitchen to the central gathering point of the home/family.
We had previously designed other ceiling details for the formal living room + dining room (which you can see here) so the kitchen + informal living room needed a different ceiling to suggest a different type of space. Formal v. informal.
Staying within the Ranch style we designed the ceiling w/ a pitch + exposed tie beams. The ceiling pitch was designed to match the existing roof line + the tie beams were left in the original locations + capped w/ a finished wood veneer. By keeping the existing roof lines in the ceiling we’re respecting the existing home, using the classic pitches seen in Ranch style, + establishing a relationship w/ the exterior + interior. It’s very subtle, but as someone approaches the home they see the roof then when the enter the kitchen they are reminded of this which can make a visitor feel more comfortable. The tie beams are actually structural, therefore functional. Functional design is my first tendency as a modernist but demonstrating the structure reinforces an understanding of the reason the home is standing. This will lead to further comfort in addition to interest + a great opportunity for ceiling lighting, accents, colors which the interior designer did a great job designing.
The exterior trellis then plays into this ceiling detail while doing a whole lot of other important things like reducing interior glare, framing the desired view, + creating transitional space (which I think is critical linkage between interior/exterior space). You can see all of the concepts of this trellis here.