Suburban House Turned Into Contemporary Style Home

CL 20 is the name of this classic suburban house which ended up being transformed into lovely contemporary style home. Beautiful work is done by Shubin + Donaldson Architects. This project could really inspire every suburban house owner to think about renovation and turning your place into contemporary style home. If you’re about to start one, read closely this description provided by the architects:

How do you add on to a suburban home with minimal cost but maximum design impact?

This is a question that most American homeowners face at some point, especially owners of post-war built tract and “ranch style” homes. Our answer is the following: 1. Pre-fab or modularize the construction as much as possible. 2. Minimize impact on existing home and yard as much as possible. 3. Maximize floor plan and wall adaptability. 4. Maximize energy and resource efficiency. 5. Use reclaimed construction materials where possible. The 14 ft. x 34 ft.CL20 minimally connects to the existing house with a glass box connecting space. It deploys “off the shelf” structural steel moment frames that bolt to a standard concrete slab on grade. These 4 frames support the flat roof thus providing all the vertical and lateral support necessary for the entire structure. This allows floor plan flexibility and eliminates exterior shear walls. The CL20 exterior walls are custom installed dual pane insulated glass and proprietary sliding doors. This transparent glass box minimizes visual impact on the yard while providing maximum interior day lighting.

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Resource Efficiency: The flat roof provides an excellent platform for a photovoltaic array to service the CL20 and existing residence. The interior walls and ceiling are reclaimed clear Douglas fir. All lighting is LED, and heating/cooling is provided by a high efficiency Mitsubishi split system.”

          -Shubin + Donaldson Architects

All photos © Ciro Coelho and Maxwell Frank

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