CONTEMPORARY SARATOGA HOME
REVAMP AND REDEFINE
We had to meet 3 primary goals for remodeling this 1550SFT ranch style home in Saratoga.
1. Increase square footage to accommodate growing needs of the family.
2. Make it a more energy efficient and sustainable home by innovative use of design and materials.
3. Change the language of its architecture from traditional to contemporary, without changing the existing envelope of the home.
STRATEGIES TO MEET THE GOALS SET.
1. Maximizing construction efficiency and optimizing project cost by locating the entire addition to the rear of the house.
2. Using finishes and products that are resilient and require less maintenance over time.
3. Staying true to the existing design of the home but giving the owners ability to customize based on their needs.
Simple strategies used.
1. Changing the 'skin' of the home from the outside not only allowed us to change the look of the house but we will also be able to add foam insulation into these walls which previously had none. This automatically improves efficiency and hence will be a more comfortable home.
2. Another example of customization and efficiency being simultaneously met in this particular home was the removal of the fireplace. The home owners never used their existing fireplace and with the kind of weather in California this was an easy do away. Getting rid of their wood fireplaces freed up unused square footage as well as helped improve air quality.
3. The owners wanted to retain as much of the backyard as possible yet wanted a home that felt 'spacious'. By increasing the height of the added volume from 8' to 9' the same space felt larger and more voluminous without increasing the footprint.
Here are some videos of the ongoing construction.