THE COLLINS HOUSE: ADDITION + RENOVATION
This project is an addition + renovation to a traditional house in Raleigh, NC. Consisting of a series of small cellular with narrow punched openings, the existing house was claustrophobic, unorganized (after a series of unfortunate, small scale additions) and did not take full advantage of the very unique opportunities provided by this sloping ‘inside the beltline’ site. The living spaces were located on the back of the house, with an orientation to the narrow side yard and a direct view to a recently built 5000 SF spec house and its recently cleared lot. The front of the house contained a large bathroom and walk-in closet that served two small bedrooms on each side.
The new scheme preserves the singular gable volume, and removes all of the partitions to completely reorganize the programmatic components of the house. The new plan shifts the spatial orientation to allow visual connection through the house from front to back. This creates an at grade connection with an operable glass wall at the rear, while pushing all of the living spaces to the front of the house to take advantage of the elevated view of the wooded lot and street below.
Conceptually, the thickened front ‘wall’ is grafted on to both the existing volume and new additions to the east and the west and serves to unify the disparate elements while presenting a new, singular façade to street below. This hybrid architectural element (both ‘poche’ and ‘frame’) contains small scale ‘rooms’, a desk, storage and serves to frame views that were previously unavailable in the original house. Sensitive to local real estate values, the overall design strategy preserved much of the existing footprint while creating an entirely new living experience at less than $150/SF.
Through Previous Association: Bob was a Principal: Architect/Designer at Hobgood Architects (Architect of Record) for over 8 years.
Photos by Joel Collins.