rada renovation stories

  • tehama grasshopper, san francisco

    Faced with a square concrete warehouse and only one wall of north-facing windows, Anne Fougeron, AIA, worked magic by adding a grasshopperlike penthouse bedroom that alights on the building's surface, opening the entire loft to the sun.

     
  • weeks house, louisville, tenn.

    Those lucky enough to possess a vacation residence often become emotionally attached to it. But for Paul and Jeannine Weeks, who own this 1950s A-frame on a Tennessee lake, the connection goes even further: Paul's late father, architect Felder Weeks, desi

     
  • freezer panel walkout, eulogy, texas

    Shipley Architects, Dallas. These homeowners, who travel frequently, wanted to see the stars from their bed. Dan Shipley, FAIA, the designer of their existing house, “encouraged them to be a little daring” in how they got their wish.

     
  • artist bridge studio, san diego

    This studio addition creates an airy, light-filled workspace for an artist client.

     
  • arkansas house, johnson, ark.

    The owner of this fire-damaged house wanted to restore whatever could be saved, but he also sought a better connection to its verdant surroundings.

     
  • clean drinking house, chevy chase, md.

    Keep it simple. This was Richard P. Williams' mantra as he renovated his family's 1943 kit house. The architect knew even before he started sketching that he would upgrade the windows and add a copper roof.

     
  • orange grove, west hollywood, calif.

    Although Orange Grove looks nothing like the pitched-roof bungalows that surround it, a judge pronounced it “a good neighbor.

     
  • back of house, dallas

    If outdoor spaces are unappealing they go unused. So Dan Shipley, FAIA, made sure his renovations to this 1960s ranch house shaped its previously uninteresting, alley-facing backyard into a favorite hangout.

     
  • adams row at 2301 champlain street, n.w., washington, d.c.

    This upscale condo building in Adams Morgan, a vibrant multicultural neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., got the nod from our judges, who admired its human element, the thoughtful use of brick, and the “Florentine palazzo concept.”

     
  • langston lofts, washington, d.c.

    Located in a historic Washington, D.C., neighborhood where automobile showrooms were standard streetscape fixtures, Langston Lofts’ scale, rhythm, and materiality put a contemporary spin on the area’s industrial past.