The 'New Tudor' addresses issues of sustainability in a number of ways. This project utilizes Hardie Board, fiber-cement panels, which are composed of natural materials & are virtually maintenance free w/ extremely long life-spans. Similarly inside, strand woven bamboo floors were used. They are ten times stronger than oak floors & bamboo trees regenerates in five years compared to 30 years for oak or pine. Low VOC paint was also used for this project. Passive cooling & heating was designed for. East-west breezes cool the house during warm weather & bands of south facing windows allow heat gain in cool/cold weather. Low-E windows were also used. Lastly, two cantilevers provide shade & shelter for the ground floor hardscaping & patio.
A family of 5 purchased a quaint cottage tudor knowing they needed more space; Specifically, bedrooms, storage, & new master suite. The property/home is narrow & the only viable option was to design/build over the garage to the site’s rear. This still presented a challenge to add circulation, storage, extra bedrooms & baths. Thus, 2 cantilevers to the north & west were proposed, and a ‘destination’ balcony. The clients also expressed love of natural light & clean lines. Early on we realized, due to budget constraints, the master bathroom would be a phase 2 project, which gave immediate use of this space as a temporary office & extra storage.
Many initial layouts/parti diagrams sought to find the most efficient route to connect the existing home, and accommodate 2 new & 2 reconfigured bedrooms. An extra wide hallway, positioned to the west allowed for an efficient connection lane & multiple family members to pass each other. The hall also became a promenade w/ a built in book shelf, landing, & window storage bench.(with exterior planter box) Moving toward the home’s rear, there are 3 kids’ bedrooms to the right(each with study nook). A final resting spot draws one to the hall’s end, at the tension cable/steel beam supported balcony. The master bedroom is privately tucked around the corner with its own overhang & band of windows, which offer ambient light & birch/backyard views. Handscraped bamboo flooring connects all the spaces & 2 new bedrooms utilize vaulted ceiling as an uplifting volume.