Project Notebook #2: Expanding a Contemporary Home on a Wide Open Property

A lot of homeowners dream of building on a large rural property with plenty of space to spread out, with no restrictions on what to build or where to build it. That’s what first attracted the owner of this contemporary house to the property.

From an Architect’s perspective, though, that’s both a blessing and a curse. A blessing for the same reasons as the homeowner’s, and a curse because unlimited freedom – the proverbial “blank page” – can make it harder to get the design process underway. Where to start?

Project Notebook #1: Adding Space for a Family of Four on a Tight Lot

Remodeling a home in an older neighborhood often comes with challenges above and beyond what my clients want and need for their project. In this Project Notebook, we’ll look at a small house remodeling in Upper Arlington, Ohio to see how it was updated and added to within the zoning constraints of a tight corner lot.

This family of four was quickly outgrowing the bedrooms, bath, and garage in their 1,200 square foot Cape Cod home.