Gies Residence

My challenge with this project was to create a lot more usable space for a growing family within the existing footprint. And to allow for the option of a future addition, which would ultimately quadruple the square footage while retaining the cottage charm of the neighborhood.

Proportion is the most important element in the massing and facade. We added an entire second floor, but wanted to maintain the feeling of a more humble home. The porch roof disguises part of the added height.

On the second floor we have sloped ceilings with 5' tall walls on the front and rear of the house, which helps in bringing the roofline down. The bedrooms gain charm while remaining fully functional.  Ultimately it was a massive transformation to a tiny house that is able to coexist in a cozy neighborhood.

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