West 31 was less of a remodel than a reimagination of a previous era. The classic bungalow possessed a good deal of inspiration within its existing forms. Therefore, the approach was to simply translate these strong elements of character into an aesthetic collaboration between past and present.
This interplay is seen across the exterior. Consistency was maintained with siding milled to match the existing profile, the rebuilding of original cornice and eave detailing, and new double hung windows that stay true to the original construction. Yet the integration of raw steel detailing at the entryway and along the fenceline mixes in a more modern texture. The combination of smooth and scratch coat stucco also serves as an unexpected counterpoint to the existing exterior.
A good deal of modernization is evident with the completely reorganized interior. Poor connectivity in the original floor plan required a reestablishment of internal flow. Without adding any additional space to the home’s original 1150 square feet, the new layout opens completely for the modern lifestyle.
Repurposed existing elements and new custom cabinetry work in tandem to maximize the function of the home. In the kitchen, finishes such as soapstone countertops and shaker pegs achieve the client’s vision of translating rural elements into an urban space.
Chris Cobb, Tony Hron