The owners approached Medium Plenty with a goal of remaining in the city while their family continued to grow. The owners were living in an 1800's carriage house located behind a multi unit building. The mid-block location provided for a very private location but they were outgrowing the space. There was an opportunity to capture additional space in what was historically the hay loft. There was a bit of puzzle in figuring out how to take advantage of the space and provide connection to the existing home.
Ultimately the design entailed taking over one of the existing bedrooms as the stair to the new master suite and using the remaining space as a music room. There was an overarching desire by both the owners and the design team to maintain the character of the interior (much which had been untouched since the original construction). There was an intentional decision made to save the detail where possible but not to replicate it. Rather all of the new interventions are unabashedly modern and designed to compliment the historic detailing where there is an intersection.
Throughout the design process there was a continuing effort to make decisions that were harmonious with the original architecture and new interventions. This process resulted in softeness in palette and less rigid form. The palette features light wood tones, fabric closet curtains rather than doors and plaster tones in the master bathroom. Some features are literally rounded like the master bedroom window, dining room skylight and tub deck in the guest bathroom. Many idiosyncrasies resulted in the melding of old and new such as the bathroom with two doors. The toilet and shower/sink were originally separate rooms. In combining the two rooms we maintained the doors to allow a hall door (not shown in photos) to be closed when kids were asleep and still allow access from the public spaces (or kid' rooms) without disturbing one another.
Material Used :
1. Custom Whitewashed beech cabinetry throughout kitchen
2. Surface mounted lighting by Medium Plenty
3. Range - AGA
4. Plumbing - California Faucets