The client’s brief was to take a dowdy faux-Colonial from the 1920’s and modernize it from the inside out. The trick was to do no harm to the front of the house, which was located on a street of houses styled from various historic periods. Because the site was long and thin, care was taken to enframe views of the rear yard from the living room, master bedroom, and guest rooms. The result was a cascading volumetric composition on the rear of the existing house, invisible from the street, hence its stealthy character.
The design took two geometries, one from the site, the other from the house at odds with each other and integrated them tightly, coalescing at the masonry fireplace.