A one-and-a-half-story A-frame house with a bay window, brick chimney and white siding is about as conventional as it gets – a nearly-nondescript domestic cliche. As such, the sensational, angular metal-and-glass backside renovation-and-addition to this wood-and-window suburban-style home comes as all the more of a visual shock to the system – but ony if you get close enough to see it.
Stout columns, broad expanses of glass and larger openings added by architect Stanic Harding all contrast sharply with the relatively tame and traditional frame-and-cladding nature of the original structure. Likewise, metal siding and aluminum window frames are a stark departure from the wood-and-brick materials of the old home. Finally, dark and linear wood decking and zigzagging concrete steps make the transition from back deck to yard while a more typical wood-stair entrance deck over a two-car garage remains in the front.
In short: the two pieces of this home are almost as different as can be, clearly intended to be visually understood as old and new respectively. What seems to make them work is the nature of the split – the choice to leave the street-front side as a coherent architectural face on the one hand, and to have the transition to a radical new addition take place toward the hidden center of the narrow property on the other. The fully-renovated and modernized interior likewise ties together the past and present parts of the house, with much softer transitions for the residents than the sudden intersection of the exterior components.