Designed as an outdoor extension of the living room, the existing deck at the house was built over a garage addition. While leaving the garage below undisturbed, the design of the new deck facilitates circulation and unifies the indoor and outdoor spaces into one continuous and flexible living space. 

The cooking areas, counter tops and cabinet storage were increased and a new asymmetrical island opened up circulation through the kitchen and out to the adjacent deck. The roof was restructured to allow the ceiling to be vaulted, windows were added and a small pair of doors to the deck was replaced with a folding glass-door system. As a final nod to function, a dumbwaiter was installed to carry groceries from the garage to the counter top.


Originally designed by renowned architect George W. Hellmuth in 1915, the residence features rich detailing and Ecclesiastical-inspired styling.  An indoor pool house addition from 1988, which compromised the backyard and natural daylighting, was removed to showcase an expanded outdoor courtyard, fountain and garage addition.  Historic details were preserved and highlighted within the house as the first floor remained manageable with all spaces used. The windows and French doors were replaced and updated to restore the flow of natural light into the living spaces and reclaim the fundamental design intent.