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The Bal House is an addition to and remodel of a residence in Menlo Park, Calif., by Terry & Terry Architecture.

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bal house, menlo park, calif.

  • The Bal House is an addition to and remodel of a residence in Menlo Park, Calif., by Terry & Terry Architecture.

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    The Bal House is an addition to and remodel of a residence in Menlo Park, Calif., by Terry & Terry Architecture.

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    The Bal House is an addition to and remodel of a residence in Menlo Park, Calif., by Terry & Terry Architecture.

  • An image of the house before the renovation.

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    An image of the house before the renovation.

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    An image of the house before the renovation.

  • The home's floor plan.

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    The home's floor plan.

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    The home's floor plan.

  • The home's northeast elevation.

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    The home's northeast elevation.

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    The home's northeast elevation.

  • The mid-century ranch home's front facade received a light makeover.

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    The mid-century ranch home's front facade received a light makeover.

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    The mid-century ranch home's front facade received a light makeover.

  • A new carport roof incorporates bold geometry and richly textured wood.

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    A new carport roof incorporates bold geometry and richly textured wood.

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    A new carport roof incorporates bold geometry and richly textured wood.

  • Terry & Terry had the existing rear elevation completely removed. They added about 1,000 square feet of new space, in two rectilinear volumes.

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    Terry & Terry had the existing rear elevation completely removed. They added about 1,000 square feet of new space, in two rectilinear volumes.

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    Terry & Terry had the existing rear elevation completely removed. They added about 1,000 square feet of new space, in two rectilinear volumes.

  • The larger volume contains a kitchen, dining, and media room, while the smaller one (background of photo) holds a master bedroom wing.

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    The larger volume contains a kitchen, dining, and media room, while the smaller one (background of photo) holds a master bedroom wing.

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    The larger volume contains a kitchen, dining, and media room, while the smaller one (background of photo) holds a master bedroom wing.

  • Between the addition's two volumes lies a narrow garden integrated into the house by a curved glass wall.

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    Between the addition's two volumes lies a narrow garden integrated into the house by a curved glass wall.

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    Between the addition's two volumes lies a narrow garden integrated into the house by a curved glass wall.

  • Another look at the curved glass wall and garden, which the judges particularly admired.

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    Another look at the curved glass wall and garden, which the judges particularly admired.

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    Another look at the curved glass wall and garden, which the judges particularly admired.

  • Cumaru forms the floors and ceilings of the new kitchen, adding depth and a warm layer of color to the space's white walls and marine-blue cabinetry.

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    Cumaru forms the floors and ceilings of the new kitchen, adding depth and a warm layer of color to the space's white walls and marine-blue cabinetry.

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    Cumaru forms the floors and ceilings of the new kitchen, adding depth and a warm layer of color to the space's white walls and marine-blue cabinetry.

  • Terry & Terry also renovated the existing house. Here, they punctuated the presence of a street-facing picture window with a modern steel frame.

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    Terry & Terry also renovated the existing house. Here, they punctuated the presence of a street-facing picture window with a modern steel frame.

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    Terry & Terry also renovated the existing house. Here, they punctuated the presence of a street-facing picture window with a modern steel frame.

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This addition to and remodel of a mid-century ranch house in Northern California captivated the judges. “It weaves through the old building in a really interesting way,” one juror said. “It’s a complete transformation of space and light.” Architects Alex Terry, AIA, and Ivan Terry removed 400 square feet of the original house, leaving 950 square feet with which to work. “The old house needed to be cleaned up a little bit, but there was no need to tear it down,” Alex Terry says. The brothers simplified much of the existing detailing, including a street-facing picture window that they surrounded with a modern steel tube.

The Terrys then added about 1,000 square feet in the form of two volumes on the rear of the house: a master bedroom wing and a kitchen, dining, and media room. The additions are framed in concrete, steel, and wood, and more wood lines the interiors to give them a sense of warmth and texture.

In between the new portions, the architects tucked a curved glass wall around a sliver of planted land, granting occupants a garden view from deep within the core of the house. “From a budgetary standpoint, it wasn’t a whole lot more,” Alex says. “It brings in a little extra balanced light for the kitchen.” This detail particularly impressed the jurors; commented one: “The curved glass with that narrow angle is magical.”

 

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project credits 

principals in charge: Alex Terry, AIA, and Ivan Terry, Terry & Terry Architecture; general contractor: Ingmar Kauffeldt, Timberline Construction, San Francisco; landscape contractor: Trujillo Landscapes, San Carlos, Calif.; project size: 1,950 square feet (after renovation); site size: 0.2 acre; construction cost: Withheld; photography: Bruce Damonte.


product details

bathroom/kitchen cabinets: Holiday Cabinets, www.holidaycabinets.com; bathroom/kitchen fittings: Grohe, www.grohe.com; bathroom fixtures: TOTO, www.totousa.com; countertops: Caesarstone, www.caesarstoneus.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.miele.com; doors/windows: Fleetwood, www.fleetwoodusa.com; garbage disposal: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Hafele, www.hafele.com; hvac equipment: Carrier, www.residential.carrier.com; kitchen fixtures: Elkay, www.elkay.com; lighting fixtures: Contrast Lighting, www.contrastlighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; range: Bertazzoni, www.bertazzoni.com; refrigerator: KitchenAid, www.kitchenaid.com; skylights: Royalite Manufacturing, www.royalite-mfg.com