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The project's carport.

Pilates Studio and Carport

Pilates Studio and Carport

  • The project's carport.

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    The project's carport.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    The project's carport.

  • Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Susan Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

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    Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Susan Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    Even with the custom fabricated steel window wall and other metal work, Susan Appleton kept the cost low by reusing most of the existing garage.

  • The existing garage before the renovations.

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    The existing garage before the renovations.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    The existing garage before the renovations.

  • The project's roof soars to 11 feet at the high end, bringing natural light to the studio.

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    The project's roof soars to 11 feet at the high end, bringing natural light to the studio.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    The project's roof soars to 11 feet at the high end, bringing natural light to the studio.

  • A skilled metal fabricator, general contractor Mitch Hammond made the custom steel framing for the studio window wall.

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    A skilled metal fabricator, general contractor Mitch Hammond made the custom steel framing for the studio window wall.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    A skilled metal fabricator, general contractor Mitch Hammond made the custom steel framing for the studio window wall.

  • Limestone pavers and a new gravel driveway leads from the front of the house to the carport and studio.

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    Limestone pavers and a new gravel driveway leads from the front of the house to the carport and studio.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    Limestone pavers and a new gravel driveway leads from the front of the house to the carport and studio.

  • In time, foliage will completely cover the wire trellis for added shade.

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    In time, foliage will completely cover the wire trellis for added shade.

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    Craig D. Blackmon FAIA

    In time, foliage will completely cover the wire trellis for added shade.

  • The existing floorplan showing the garage's relationship to the house.

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    The existing floorplan showing the garage's relationship to the house.

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    Courtesy Susan Appleton Architecture

    The existing floor plan showing the garage's relationship to the house.

  • Floorplan showing the renovated former garage and the new carport.

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    Floorplan showing the renovated former garage and the new carport.

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    Courtesy Susan Appleton Architecture

    Floor plan showing the renovated former garage and the new carport.

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Given a tight budget, Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, produced an unfussy, yet elegant design for this pilates studio and carport. Our judges gave her a Merit award for her efforts.

The client wanted a functional space with enough room to accommodate exercise equipment. Appleton kept most of the existing garage to control costs, but she removed the north wall and replaced the roof with a shed top. General contractor Mitch Hammond, who also is a steel fabricator and jack-of-all-trades, made a steel framing system for the north wall and inserted insulated glass to bring in light.

Hammond also built a steel framing system for the adjacent carport. “We had fallen in love with a certain 5-foot-by-10-foot cement board, so we wanted to use it,” Appleton says. The framing apertures measure 5 feet wide to hold the privacy-creating panels, which works nicely with the steel. The carport is topped with corrugated metal and a hog wire trellis that will accommodate greenery in the future.

“It’s very modest, yet it has a great degree of presence,” said one judge.


Project Credits
principal in charge / project architect / interior designer: Susan Appleton, AIA, LEED AP, Susan Appleton Architecture, www.susanappleton.com
general contractor: Mitch Hammond, Hammond Remodeling, Sunnyvale, Texas
project size: 440 square feet
site size: Approximately 0.25 acre
construction cost: $50 per square foot
photography: Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA

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