Family Room Completes a Small House

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Project Location: Takoma Park, MD, Historic District
Project Summary: Family Room Addition Seamlessly Integrated Into Original House
Year of Completion: 2017
Aspects of Note: Wheelchair Accessibility

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Project Description

My client and her almost-adult children were cramped in their small bungalow just outside the Takoma Park historic district. They needed a comfortable place to congregate. A place connected to their kitchen and the backyard. We made it happen with this 20 ft by 16 ft sunroom connected to the original home through a previously enclosed back porch. The size of the space and the details makes it feel like the room should have always been there — while, of course, never a possibility in the 40’s when this home was built. A large deck and screened area provide 2 additional outdoor rooms. All the outdoor rooms have “ceilings” and ceiling fans to create intimacy, comfort and mosquito control. The interior room has a stand-alone mini-split heat pump for air conditioning and heating during mild spells. Baseboard hydronic heaters make the space welcoming even in very cold spells. Lots of windows and skylights enliven the space and fill it with daylight.

My client reports that “the spaces work really well for dinner parties and larger inter-generational gatherings. The teenagers have totally claimed the screened in porch as their “private” space — and they feel that way, even though all the adults can see in. The fact that it is three steps down gives the room a high enough ceiling to still feel spacious. We really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

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