Old House, Modern Use

9.SQUARE recently had the privilege and pleasure to meet and work with a spunky couple living in the downtown Kutzky Park Neighorhood.  In addition to having a fantastic location in walking distance to their jobs, the Joneses with adult children and grand kids own a beautiful 100-year-old four-square house.  Their garage on the other hand is not so handsome and was constructed sometime much later than the original house (likely when the personal automobile ownership became commonplace).


The couple hired 9.SQUARE and Landscape Architect Andy Masterpole (of Yaggy Colby Associates) to modify the site design to accommodate a more gentle sloping driveway, new 2-car garage, and mud room addition onto the rear of the house.  Our approach was one of both functionality and aesthetics to create a brand new design that was more compatible with a modern family paradigm that also blended into the historic architecture and made it feel like it was always there.  We also focused on creating an abundance of outdoor entertaining space of different scales that was also more private.  Having a house in a traditional urban neighborhood brings with it a lack of privacy from neighbors and from passers-by, but with the new design the private patio is tucked behind the garage and sunken into a lower patio space.  

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In the design, the driveway now has a more manageable 9% slope that flattens out behind a small privacy fence with stone piers that match the limestone foundation.  Beyond, the driveway is a combination of pavers and colored concrete to double as outdoor parking area and large outdoor event space.  The garage sits high at the rear of the site to shield a private sunken patio on the north side of the house with a cedar deck pergola that creates a datum connecting garage to mud room.  The design is a holistic approach to entrance, parking, privacy, and entertaining, with materials and style to be consistent with the existing structure.

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Look for this couple to be grilling and enjoying evening libations in the summer of 2014 as the frigid ground has officially been broken.