Studio Z Architecture

His and Hers Spaces

Date: 12/26/2013

Project highlights:

  • She wanted a sunlit room in which she could host parties and dance.
  • He wanted to move his furniture-making workshop out of the basement.

Our clients—a husband who loves to make furniture and a wife who enjoys ballroom dancing—approached us to design a space for each of their hobbies.

The husband wanted a freestanding building that could contain his woodworking equipment and materials with enough room around the equipment for maneuvering. He also wanted a finishing booth with an exhaust fan and a half bathroom. Finally, he wanted the building to be constructed on a crawl space so that he could easily add electrical outlets if needed, but the floor structure itself needed to be close to grade level so he could back his truck up to the overhead door and unload materials and strong enough to support the heavy equipment.

The new shop includes high windows to provide light and ventilation while leaving the walls available for equipment to be placed against them. False beams provide interest on the ceiling, and a bright epoxy finish over a thin concrete slab over a crawl space provides easy cleanup and a sturdy floor.

The wife wanted a sunroom overlooking their large back yard, with a large floor area for dancing and entertaining. The new sunroom opens from the existing kitchen, dining room, and study. New wood floors are easy on dancers’ feet and the glazed walls and ceiling of the sunroom provide plenty of light. A mini-split system provides heating and cooling for the space.

Contractor: David Klein Construction
Structural Engineer: Ken Winters, Robert Darvas Associates
Sunroom: Four Seasons Sunrooms
Photographer: Steve Kuzma


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