This new house for a young family in San Diego’s Wooded Area neighborhood uses simple, subtle textures to create a comfortable home with indoor/outdoor living areas that take advantage of the temperate coastal climate. The existing late 1940’s era house suffered from small size and a disjointed layout, so the design team proposed replacing it instead of trying to fight its peculiarities.
The building design is an economical vocabulary of flat roof, boxy massing and standard unit window openings with a few special openings to enhance the experience of indoor/outdoor living. Proportion and scale drive the composition. Overhanging eaves protect windows from the high midday sun. The second floor massing is slid southward to open up second level terraces facing the rear yard and to break up the front facade and create natural protection of openings in the front wall. At the first floor, large sliding multi-panel doors open the living room and kitchen to the back yard via a paved patio. Stained cedar cladding oriented vertically and horizontally further breaks down the massing of this two story structure.
An improved thermal envelope protects interior comfort, preserves quiet, and saves energy looking well into the future.
This project involved gutting two floors of a 1940’s split level to create a more open, light-filled home.
By flipping the location of the kitchen and dining room, knocking down the wall between the two, and adding a small addition, a larger, more efficient and open eating and prep space was created. A large sliding glass door both visually and physically connects the interior living space with the backyard. The kitchen features a central island with seating space for three and a full wall of cabinets with a built-in buffet counter.
Overhead lighting was added to all of the existing living spaces. The fireplace received a full makeover and features green brick tile with a blackened steel surround. The opening to the basement staircase was widened to create a better connection to the lower level and the entry hall guardrail was replaced with a design more fitting with the style of the traditional home.
Materials include: clear vertical grain fir cabinetry, quartz countertops, fir flooring, brick fireplace tile, and blackened steel.
For over 100 years, this small house had seen numerous additions and remodels. Portions of the existing house had no foundation. Walls, ceilings and floors had multiple layers of finishes on top of each other. The roof and ceiling were sagging and the floors sloping. The plan layout was convoluted with awkward connections between rooms and the backyard. The result was a house that was almost uninhabitable, and upon first look, Christie Architecture recommended that it be torn down.
The clients, however, insisted that it be saved. The house was stripped to the studs and received a new foundation. Awkward additions were removed and the plan was completely rearranged. The new house is slightly smaller than the original, yet the open plan and clarity of design make it feel larger and more connected to the exterior.
Finishes include: white oak floors, rift white oak trim and cabinetry, concrete countertops, slate tile flooring and ceramic wall tile.
This whole house remodel transforms a modest, circa 1941 1-1/2 story house on a double lot with fantastic Mt. Hood views into a spacious three story home with a finished basement and two-car garage.
The natural stained cedar shingle cladding is set off by thick painted wood trim around the windows and a flare detail that shelters each opening in the façade and delineates the floors. The steeply pitched roof and large overhanging eaves protect the building and, along with the balanced proportions, lend it a traditional, crafted look.
The interior features traditional detailing, painted custom flush inset cabinetry, hardwood floors, and polished nickel hardware.
The exterior features cedar shingles, flared siding details at the floor line, painted dimensional trim, exposed timber framing, cottage windows, canopies at exterior doors and windows, and a covered entry porch.
This dated bathroom in a mid-century home will get a full makeover.
By removing a partial wall, changing the tub to a shower, and relocating the toilet, the bathroom will feel twice as big without actually enlarging the footprint.
A walnut vanity with full mirror anchors one end of the space while a walk-in shower anchors the other. The curb-less shower is separated from the remainder of the space by a full height pane of glass – further enhancing the openness of the space. By tiling both the walls and the ceiling of the shower, the bathing area becomes its own room within the larger space.
Materials include slate flooring, ceramic wall and ceiling tile, walnut cabinetry, and chrome hardware.
This project involved a renovation and addition to a 70-year old farmhouse that had been added on to and renovated numerous times and lacked a harmonious design.
In phase I, the existing house was extended to accommodate a master bedroom, changing vestibule and bathroom. In the living area, a dated fireplace was removed and replaced with a modern wood stove. The dining room was relocated from a former bedroom so that it has a sensible proximity to the kitchen and living area. Built-in cabinetry was added to complete the space.
In Phase II, the kitchen will be renovated to match the living and dining areas.
Materials include white washed wide-plank hardwood floors, white-washed cabinetry, quartz countertops, porcelain tile, and stainless steel hardware.
View finished photos of Phase I here.
A modest 1950’s house in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood gets a total interior make-over and adds a master suite and deck. The house occupies a corner lot but suffers from a difficult-to-find entry. We introduced steps nearest the corner intersection and modified the existing front deck to accommodate a more direct access to the front door.
The existing bedroom at the rear of the house is demo’ed in favor of a new office and a hallway to the addition of a new master suite with full bath and large closets. The addition extends the roofline of the house to blend the addition with the existing house, as if it were always there. The ceiling of the new master bedroom is vaulted, following the lines of the extended roof.
The enclosed kitchen is gutted and opened up to the living room. The space of the living room is extended with an outdoor deck connected by two doors flanking the existing brick chimney. A custom steel outdoor fireplace is mirrored behind the brick chimney and acts as the focal point for the outdoor seating area. 4×8 cedar beams form a pergola that extends the plane of the roof at this south-facing deck.
Pale green glass tile cascades down the walls and over the shower shelf in this complete master bathroom renovation. The shower floor is recessed to accommodate a walk-in (curb-less) shower.
A separate space for the toilet allows multiple users privacy while using the space together.