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ferrous house, spring prairie, wis.

renovation / merit

ferrous house, spring prairie, wis.

renovation / merit

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    Doug Edmunds

    A clerestory of energy-efficient, gel-filled polycarbonate fills the interiors with gentle northern light. The cedar-sided entry addition periscopes through the house as a circulation spine, emerging at rooftop level in the form of a loftlike study.

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    Doug Edmunds

    The cedar-sided entry addition periscopes through the house as a circulation spine, emerging at rooftop level in the form of a loftlike study.

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    Doug Edmunds

    The living room’s Cor-Ten steel fireplace hovers above a flush hearth of clear-coated steel.

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    Doug Edmunds

    Contrasting interior finishes delineate the circulation core, which includes the entryway, kitchen, and rooftop addition.

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    Doug Edmunds

    Clear-finished cedar siding mark the modest bump-outs of the existing floor plan. Cor-Ten panels wrap the existing exterior walls.

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    Doug Edmunds

    The architects dubbed this rooftop getaway space “The Observatory.”

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    Johnsen Schmaling Architects

johnsen schmaling architects, milwaukee

"Pedestrian suburban house turns into a little jewel.” That's the way our judges summed up this raised ranch makeover, and we could not have written a better headline.

Architects Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, retained the building's existing foundation and utility core while raising the roof with a new system of wood-and-steel trusses and a full-length clerestory. Cor-Ten steel wraps the existing exterior walls, while red cedar defines modest but high-impact amendments to the building shell.

principals in charge / project architects: Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, Johnsen Schmaling Architects
general contractor: Daniel Fahey, Jorndt-Fahey Remodeling, Williams Bay, Wis.
project size: 1,350 square feet
site size: 0.78 acre
construction cost: $220 per square foot
photography: Doug Edmunds.

product specs
bathroom and kitchen fittings and fixtures: Kohler Co.; cooktop, oven/range: Dacor; countertops: CaesarStone USA; dishwasher: Bosch USA; garage doors: Clopay Building Products; garbage disposer: KitchenAid; hardware: Häfele America Co.; hvac equipment: Lennox International; insulation: Owens Corning; kitchen cabinets: KraftMaid Cabinetry; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; roofing: RHEINZINK America; windows: Eagle Window & Door, Super Sky