Sliding Barn Door with a Modern Flair

The door in the open position, with a view to the Kitchen beyond.

The Mission: The client desired acoustic privacy between the Living Room (and the sounds of the television) and the quieter Kitchen.

The Solution: Rather than opting for a conventional solution, such as a swinging door, a sliding barn door was the inspired solution. Custom designed of Philippine mahogany with inlaid aluminum, the door’s features both blend and comfortably contrast, with the surroundings. Inspired design can as simple as a sliding a door. [Read more...]

Master Bathroom Remodel

The new shower takes the place of the former bathtub.

The Mission: Modernize an outdated bathroom – while making the space more beautiful and functional (the old tub was rarely used, while the stall shower was cramped and leaky).

The Solution: A luxurious, walk-in shower replaced the old bathtub. The old shower morphed into a spacious closet. Previously an uncomfortable space, transformed into a place of elegant respite. Frosted glass doors introduced at the openings of the both the closet and toilet room  allow light to filter throughout, while new tile on the walls and floor combine with “floating” mirrors – along with  a new vanity, countertop and lighting – to  offer an entirely new mood to what was an old, inefficient room. [Read more...]

Home Office Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mission: Imagine a married couple, both university professors, sharing a single small bedroom as a home office. They needed more space and more sanity. Though their house was surrounded by a desert landscape, they had few views and little light.

The Solution: More space! In both imagination and physical dimensions, the new office provides a place – paradoxically – of both comfort and productivity. The square footage has been doubled and the upwardly-expanding walls expose desert vistas and catch the Eastern light in the morning. Now, there’s expansive desk space for her and a table for his laptop – all while allowing plenty of access to their large book collection. A sliding glass door, repurposed from the original bedroom, now offers access to the patio for breaks (or to simply take in the abundant horizons). The overall design, including a wood ceiling which draws the eye upward, lends that modernist aesthetic which was previously sought out in a coffee shop… only now, they needn’t leave home. Imagine: a space so welcoming that their teenage son now often shares the office with his parents. [Read more...]

Tucson Arizona Home: Exterior Renovation

 

The Mission: A slump block masonry home from the Seventies – though located in the beautiful foothills of the Tucson Mountains – felt dark, cramped and took little advantage of the surrounding mountain & city views. Could a renovation fix this?

The Solution: The resulting renovation was so successful it was featured in Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden. Now, the house is open to the lovely horizons which ensconce the home. Seen from within, every vista assuages the eye as a framed vignette, inviting the pleasant contemplation often accorded to paintings. The light throughout is alluring, guiding the eye – and the viewer – into the house, through the house and then back outside again. The centerpiece of the new design might just be the outdoor living area added on the East façade (see photos below). Some of the home’s old features remain (the existing arched elements are still featured prominently in the front facade), while less aesthetically-pleasing features were replaced; for example, new Energy Star windows happily replaced the old aluminum-framed variety. Beneath, a new stucco ledge visually grounded those arched windows, drawing a horizontal connection with the deck and new garden wall.

Front Facade

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Tucson Arizona Home: Interior Renovation

This project featured in the December 2012 issue of Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden.

 The Mission: The above project also demanded a massive redesign of the interior. Could the results equally impress?

The Solution: Yes! With a great room that truly is great (equal parts panoramic and comfy) as the jewel of this design, this interior sparkles with lovely lines and desert views.

Floor Plan of  renovated house. See also “Tucson Arizona Home: Exterior Renovation” Project.

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Sweetwater Garage Design & Addition

 

The Mission:  The clients, blessed with an over-sized lot, wanted to expand their garage to accommodate two large vehicles and a work area – but the city’s zoning regulations along with a local homeowner’s association, were standing in the way. How could the clients get the space they desired and deserved?

The Solution:  After a survey was commissioned to figure out all the exact lines and laws, a new garage was created to share a driveway with the original structure. Now, the homeowners love their new space, and neighbors frequently comment on how wonderfully the building integrates with the neighborhood.

New two car garage.

The new garage shares the driveway access with the existing garage. [Read more...]

Shoreline Restoration, Renovation, & Transformation

 

The Mission: Built by the Owner’s grandparents in the 1920’s, what had once been a shoreline cottage had been added onto over the years. Somehow, it had inadvertently been transformed into a Dutch colonial that simply didn’t fit the shoreline lifestyle. Still, the Owners didn’t want to tear down the whole structure. What could be done?

The Solution: Dramatically, the house was demolished down to the second floor deck – though you’d never know it. While still retaining a memory of the original cottage, the house now thrives with a contemporary style opened up to beautiful views of the surrounding water.

Twilight view of house.  Photo by Maggie Cole Architectural Photography.

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Connecticut Remodel

 

The Mission: Initially, Warren Architecture was simply asked to design a mudroom, carving it out of a corner of the Garage. But the results wowed, and Warren was then asked to evaluate the whole first floor. Could a design be created for the entire first floor level that would allow an easy and beautiful flow from space to space?

The Solution: The kitchen became the central space, while the other spaces orbited about it. The mudroom is pictured below…

Mudroom. Photo by Maggie Cole Architectural Photography.

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Kitchen/Family Room Expansion

This project is to be featured in Connecticut Magazine, Summer of 2012.

This project involved an expansion of the kitchen space, linking it to a newly constructed lower Family Room. The Kitchen was relocated into part of the former Family Room, connecting the existing house to the new addition. The new cabinetry lay-out and design was the culmination of close work between Warren Architecture, LLC and the Kitchen Designer/Owner: Kitchens by Gedney, of Madison, CT.

Kitchen

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Heavy Timber Addition

 

Mission: Let’s say some homeowners desire an addition – but they also had a curious (and conscientious) concern: They’d fallen in love with the idea of recycled timbers and longed to incorporate the timbers in their design. Could this concept work in an elegant, yet economical, way?

Solution: The proof is in the pictures. Recycled timbers frame the Family Room, as the tall windows (and their transoms) infuse the scene with sunlight.

Family Room. Photo by Philip Dutton Photography.

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