Raising the Roof
Set in the established ‘Parkwood Hills’ area, the existing bungalow was typical of the 1960’s construction in the area with less than 8’ ceilings and a shallow slope roof line. The home required updating and some modern amenities. The owner’s foremost requirement: this home must fit into the streetscape and not be viewed as a new home. The owners prepared a ‘Wish List’ of requirements for their home and the design process began!
To create the impressions of a larger space, the walls were modified to create 9” ceilings and a new truss system was installed. The garage was extended forward slightly but no other additions were constructed. With a new roof system, the owners were able to achieve the open concept living they desired. The bedrooms are set to one side of the home, allowing for privacy when entertaining. A spacious kitchen with an exceptionally generous island anchors the family’s living and entertainment lifestyle.
Throughout the process, the owners’ foremost requirement that their home ‘fit-in’ to the streetscape was paramount in everyone’s thoughts: somehow the field stone façade had to be re-incorporated into the final elevation. The stone were removed from underside of soffit to a more updated height and those stones that were above the finished height on the front elevation were installed at the garage – to create a uniform texture and façade.
The roof was raised and the façade incorporated existing field stones to ensure the owners’ home respected and fit-in to the existing streetscape!