By . Architecture. Published at Sunday, September 17th, 2017 - 20:48:45 PM.
During the recession, company scale-backs forced many to work or job hunt out of their homes. Additionally, technology advancements made telecommuting a more feasible option for many workers. As a result, even though homes were getting smaller during the housing downturn, home offices were growing in popularity.
The structure occupies an area of 159 square meters and serves a double function: that of a studio and that of a home. These two functions occupy different sections of the building and in between them stands a transit porch. The exterior walls are covered with carbonized wooden planks and their dark color contrasts with the natural hue of the wood that lines the porch walls and the stairs that lead up to it.
With the downturn came the demise of large suburban tract housing developments. In their place, housing activity occurred in smaller projects, often tied to other commercial activities. This approach often necessitated higher-density development and provided additional amenities for nearby residents.
Instead, they opted for a major overhaul, gutting the house and adding a 12-by-40-foot addition to accommodate a new kitchen and dining room. Ponte’s design opened up the interiors and introduced a more modern aesthetic, relocating the stairs to the center of the house and installing a skylight above to bring in natural light on both levels. First-floor bedrooms were moved to the second floor, which was completely rebuilt. A crawl space was dug out to create a full-size basement.
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