Updating a tudor facade
"One builder who has done beautiful homes told me, 'This is the kind of house we bury.' Well, I liked some things about my home, and I didn't want to just bury it!
The handful of vintage granite that was removed when the three-season porch was cleared out to make room for the addition was repurposed as a small hearth in the family room.She transformed it into an Italian villa, complete with a terra-cotta-hued stucco exterior and a wisteria-draped pergola, and launched her new career in the process."She worked with what we had, took out walls and ceilings, exposed the beams, and opened it up," says Frances.“The great thing about Tudors is that you can add and subtract in all sorts of ways,” he says.“It’s such a flexible style.” Instead of making the two-story addition an appendage on the back of the house, Eric and his team, which included fellow architect Chris Bubser and contractor Rick Reuter, stepped it back a bit and connected it with a cross gable.
Kris, who was particularly concerned about keeping the home’s airy feel, agrees.