A Discrete Addition

April 21st, 2009 by Peter Schmelzer


As the trees begin to bud, an already humble addition recedes behind its craftsman host.

Our design intention for this project was to create an addition that appeared minimal from the street, allowing the colorfully painted bungalow to retain its visual identity. The modern form ducks cleanly under the existing eave, forcing no modification to the roof lines. It’s angled walls preserve a comfortable relationship with the existing garage and stretch views to the back yard, where the Owner has grand garden plans. They also nicely reflect the artistic and edgy tastes of the occupants.

The garden roof will be installed this spring, incorporating storm-water runoff reductions and minimizing potential seepage into the existing basement. Landscaping around the base of the addition will follow. The interior of the addition is more modern, with stainless steel countertops and handmade tile as seen here. (The tile was created by Clay Squared to Infinity.)

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  1. Building a green roof « Betsey Buckheit Says:

    […] 2, 2009 by Betsey Buckheit Last year, Peter Schmelzer of Vivus Architecture and Design, designed a wonderful addition for our 1915 Arts & Crafts bungalow.   When he got the idea to put a flat roof on it, he said “What do you think about a green […]