US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 24

Preceding pages: Built in 1912, this house has more than stood the test of time, especially on the outside. Peterssen/Keller Architecture undertook the remodel, which included excavating at the rear for additional basement space. Interior design was by Engler Studio. Above: The entry, like the rest of the interiors, is now lighter and brighter. An antique Japanese tea cabinet works well with the new stained oak floors. 22 A remodel of a classically styled house often has to address claustrophobic interior layouts, along with under-considered refits. Faced with such hurdles, remodelers typically aim to sweep away clutter, and open up the interiors to let the good bones of the original architecture shine. On this project, the owners had bought a Georgian house with a view to renovate. The Peterssen/Keller Architecture team of Gabriel Keller, Carl Olson and Lars Peterssen provided the architectural design, with interior design by Linda Engler and Emily Thull of Engler Studio. Keller says the house had an attractive, not more renovations at too ornate exterior and a generous back yard. “While there was not much that needed to be done to the facade, inside the spaces felt cramped and lacked flow – for example, the modest, narrow kitchen was a dead end. Worst of all, an earlier addition on the rear of the home cut off the light and connection to the backyard. “Perhaps the most overwhelming issue we faced was the dark, oppressive nature of the interiors. The restricted size of the connections between rooms, combined with somber paint tones and woodwork that darkened over time made the heart of the home feel fairly gloomy.”