Studio Z Architecture

An Energy Efficient Craftsman

  • Family room and master suite addition
  • Renovated kids’ bathroom
  • New wrap-around porch
  • Custom built-ins designed by Studio Z

The owners had lived in this 1,615-square-foot 1920s Crafstman-style house for 20 years, and they planned to live there for 20 more. They wanted to add an addition that would fit their traditional neighborhood but not dwarf their neighbors’ homes. The owners also wanted to focus on energy efficiency and the durability of the materials used so that they would withstand the test of time.

The original home was on a lot that was only 50 feet wide, and given the placement of the home, the garage, and the driveway, there wasn’t much room to build an addition. Fortunately the house on the south side of the home – which was in very bad shape and was on an even narrower lot – became available, and after much research and discussion, the homeowners decided to purchase it and tear it down so that they could annex the neighboring 33 foot wide lot and build a slightly larger addition.

Studio Z designed a 674-square-foot addition that includes a family room with a bookshelf-lined window seat, a fireplace, and a built-in home office. The family room opens from the existing dining room, with an archway with built-in bookcases and a custom-designed column defining the two spaces. Upstairs, Studio Z took space from an existing bedroom to form a hallway to the addition, which includes a master suite with a built-in bed, a master bathroom, and two closets. The existing children’s bathroom on the second floor was gutted and remodeled to better suit the owners’ son and daughter, and a small closet to hold a stackable washer and dryer was added. The front porch was in bad shape, so Studio Z decided to demolish it and build a new porch, which wraps around the south side of the house and overlooks the homeowners’ gardens.

All of the custom built-ins in this project were designed by Studio Z Architecture.

David Klein Construction(
Structural Engineer: SDI Structures
Landscape Architect: Cynthia Fink, DC Design, LLC
Photographer: Steve Kuzma Photography


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