Launch Slideshow

Suburban Renewal

Suburban Renewal

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    The rear façade of this suburban home was seemingly transformed thanks to a new glass box to the left which let an abundance of natural light flow into the home during the day while casting a subtle glow from within at night.

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    The home is almost unrecognizable from its old self and is a showplace at night.

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    The new breakfast room on the upper level of the glass box has a front row view to the beautiful outdoors beyond.

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    The open plan family room flows into the kitchen making it the ideal spot for entertaining.

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    The new staircase features open risers that bring even more light into the front of the house.

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    New skylights and an updated circulation path bring in more daylight and provide a contemporary feel.

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    The majestic deck provides an ideal spot for tanning on top or for staying cool below.

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    The home's entry foyer is now rich with light thanks to new skylights and an open floor plan.

Priorities

  • Bring in more natural light; update the home’s look; incorporate eco-friendly strategies

Solutions

This remodel deftly transforms a drab split-level home into a contemporary showplace to suit the owner’s modern lifestyle. The original low window and door head heights caused the house to have a darkened, cave-like feel. The solution: add a two-story glass box with a breakfast room on the upper level and a home gym on the bottom, bringing in an abundance of natural light.

The interior has undergone a remarkable change. Walls were modified or completely removed to create an open family room that greets guests entering through the two-story skylit foyer. A minimal open-riser stair, crafted from white oak, further enhances the home’s newfound feeling of openness.

Judges’ comments

“The clean lines, liberated plan, and large expanses of glass are compelling. ... Most traditionalists could be happy to call this house home.” —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Acquatonica; Kohler; EFI; Duravit; Vola; Steamist

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Toto; Agape; Hastings; American Standard

Countertops: Zodiaq; Balthaup

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Loewen

Flooring: Dixie Home; Langhome

Hardware: Baldwin; Hafele

HVAC: Carrier

Kitchen cabinets: Balthaup

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Balthaup; Julien; Houzer

Lighting fixtures: USA Illuminations; Lightolier; Insight

Lighting system: Lutron HomeWorks

Microwave: Dacor

Oven: Miele

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Siding: ipe

Skylights: Velux; Solatube

Windows: Loewen