Robinson House

A unique opportunity was presented in Wallingford when a longtime friend and neighbor asked JTA to remodel an existing home across the street from his own residence. The home was an oversized pseudo craftsman built in 2004. The client’s goals were clear; reduce the size and feel of the house and present a modern design.

The existing design was grossly out of scale for the neighborhood with its volume, massive black roof, undersized bracketed eaves, over proportioned railings and dark brown stained cedar siding. The home presented a large blank wall for neighbors across the street.

The design solution focused on minimizing the volume with selective demolition at several key locations. The entire gable roof and a portion of the 2nd floor (approx. 167 SF) were removed. This single move allowed our client and their neighbors on the north side of N 39th St. to reclaim their views of the city and Lake Union. The solution engages the street by moving the entrance to N 39th St. by removing the NW corner of the 1st floor (approx. 167 SF). This area is now a large covered front porch engaging the street and neighbors. The east side of the first floor was also modified creating a large outdoor living space. Modern materials and paint colors help break down the volume of the house and give it a modern feel.

Inside, materials, colors and lighting were reimagined to create a stunning interior. The first floor offers entertainment size formal rooms with natural connection to exterior spaces. On the second-floor, skylights were added to bring light to a generous hall. All second story bedrooms have impressive water views. The master suite was relocated to the west side of the home to capture phenomenal downtown and Lake Union views. Selective windows and doors were added and deleted throughout, to reinforce the function of each space.

JTA is proud to have been involved in creating an appropriately scaled modern craftsman that will delight its residents and engage the neighborhood.

 

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