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Cedar Street Residence, Tempe, Ariz.

Cedar Street Residence, Tempe, Ariz.

  • The street-front of this remodeled 1950s ranch retains much of its original identity.

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    The street-front of this remodeled 1950s ranch retains much of its original identity.

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    The street-front of this remodeled 1950s ranch retains much of its original identity.

  • The garden wall encloses a hidden courtyard with a separate pavilion that houses both daytime living spaces and the owners architecture studio.

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    The garden wall encloses a hidden courtyard with a separate pavilion that houses both daytime living spaces and the owners architecture studio.

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    The garden wall encloses a hidden courtyard with a separate pavilion that houses both daytime living spaces and the owners architecture studio.

  • The garage front's rusted steel facing contrasts with the smooth polycarbonate panels of the garden wall.

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    The garage front's rusted steel facing contrasts with the smooth polycarbonate panels of the garden wall.

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    The garage front's rusted steel facing contrasts with the smooth polycarbonate panels of the garden wall.

  • When lifted, the live/work pavilion's operable polycarbonate awning becomes a giant lantern.

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    When lifted, the live/work pavilion's operable polycarbonate awning becomes a giant lantern.

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    When lifted, the live/work pavilion's operable polycarbonate awning becomes a giant lantern.

  • A new courtyard provides outdoor living space, while covered walkways offer shade from the Arizona sun.

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    A new courtyard provides outdoor living space, while covered walkways offer shade from the Arizona sun.

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    A new courtyard provides outdoor living space, while covered walkways offer shade from the Arizona sun.

  • The live/work pavilion houses the owners three-person architecture studio.

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    The live/work pavilion houses the owners three-person architecture studio.

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    The live/work pavilion houses the owners three-person architecture studio.

  • The operable awning in its lifted position.

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    The operable awning in its lifted position.

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    The operable awning in its lifted position.

  • The operable awning in its lowered position.

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    The operable awning in its lowered position.

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    The operable awning in its lowered position.

  • Wheeled millwork components move to create a variety of interior configurations.

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    Wheeled millwork components move to create a variety of interior configurations.

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    Wheeled millwork components move to create a variety of interior configurations.

  • Moving a millwork component incorporates a bedroom space into the playroom.

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    Moving a millwork component incorporates a bedroom space into the playroom.

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    Moving a millwork component incorporates a bedroom space into the playroom.

  • The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

  • A detail of the operable awning.

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    A detail of the operable awning.

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    A detail of the operable awning.

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This addition to a 1950s ranch house encloses more space outdoors than indoors. Devoting the existing structure to a garage, four bedrooms, and a playroom, architects and owners Maria Salenger, AIA, and Matthew Salenger designed a separate kitchen/living/dining structure that also is the studio for their three-person firm. Joined by covered walkways and polycarbonate-clad garden walls, the two buildings frame a green courtyard that serves as a flexible outdoor living room. The configuration is novel in this suburban milieu, but the Salengers’ execution and detailing—make it eminently practical.

Light rusted steel columns support polycarbonate roofs for protection from the Arizona sun, while an operable polycarbonate awning controls south light at the kitchen/office structure. Reflective surfaces make the courtyard seem even larger than it is. Interiors are bone simple, divided largely with movable millwork “boxes” that easily are shifted to reconfigure spaces. “Sometimes we need just two bedrooms, and sometimes we need five,” Matthew Salenger explains. “When we’re entertaining, the office space disappears.”

Calling the outcome “amazing,” our judges remarked on how much the project accomplished while leaving the envelope of the existing house essentially untouched. More than a gut remodel, one noted, it serves as a model for “rebuilding your suburban lot to capitalize on your square footage.”


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