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Lincoln Street Residence in Bethesda, Maryland by EL STUDIO
March 9th, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: EL STUDIO
This modest renovation resists the current inner-ring suburban trend towards demolition of older, smaller homes in favor of new over-scaled ‘farmhouses.’ The clients, a young family with two small children wanted more space for play and individual bedrooms but expressed a desire not to ‘lose one another’ in a home too vast or impersonal. Their one-story bungalow, a relic of the ﬁrst wave of suburban development in this area, has been expanded through the careful integration of appropriately scaled additional program and volume. The modest scale of the addition both responds to the client’s programmatic needs and limits the environmental footprint of the proposal. A carport and eﬀiciency apartment on the ﬁrst ﬂoor were removed to make way for a new addition containing a ﬁrst-ﬂoor playroom and a partial second story with side-by-side bedrooms for the children connected through a ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom as well as a new Master Suite. The family room’s double-height volume binds all of the above and provides access to the garden beyond through a covered porch tucked under the Master Suite. Strategically placed south-facing roof apertures capture and direct daylight deep into the north-facing playroom and porch year-round, reducing the need for artiﬁcial lighting. New expansive windows frame views to a mature Japanese maple tree in the yard.
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