The Seventies are back !
Known as the 'decade that style forgot', not all residential architecture in the 1970's was lacking. This vintage house exemplifies some finer highlights from the decade. Features like multiple shed roofs, large window expanses, a great plan flow, and sunken living spaces for social gatherings. A less severe and more domestic interpretation of modern residential architecture.
The bones of this house were strong. Primarily, it needed long neglected exterior maintenance and some composition enhancement to better visualize and appreciate the full impact of the original design intent. By and large the original home's interior flow was kept. Primary changes involved the kitchen and living spaces and a complete overhaul of the exterior.
Exterior upgrades include painting the existing brick, replacement of all siding/trim, replacement of balcony decking & railings, and replacement of windows. Window openings at key locations, such as the entry stair hall and living room, were enlarged to complement the existing high-bay interior space. Another key window improvement included a new full height window in the basement Family & Bar space. Previously, it was a vast, dark, windowless space. Flanking retaining walls were utilized to terrace the earth down to allow a wide full-height window at the main seating area. The existing living and dining areas were ample, but, not large. To create more furniture flexibility the sunken floor was raised flush with the main floor. The kitchen was also engaged and made part of the living area by revising its layout and removing separation walls.