US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 79

they loved in a magazine, the pair approached the interior designer Cynthia Schoonover, who in turn introduced them to architect Joshua Youngner. Working together with builder Royce Flournoy of Texas Construction Company, the designers came up with a plan, which effectively gutted the entire house and rebuilt it from the ground up, adding an extra 15ft to the rear. With a new steeply pitched roof, arched windows, gabled ends and front porch, the house now has a character that was missing before – that of a much older home. “To reinforce the cottage look, we added copper roof vents, a box window and a simulated dovecote at the top of the large gable,” says Youngner. “There is also a dormer window in the attic space, which can be made into a large room at a later date.” Flournoy says the mix of siding materials also enhances the detailing. These include stucco and Hardie plank walls, as well as the copper trim. “On the inside, the ceilings were raised from 8ft to 10ft, and the living, dining and kitchen areas opened up to flow from one to the other, with the kitchen positioned in Preceding pages: A steeply pitched gable roof and traditional detailing have transformed this ’50s house, giving it a character and charm that had been missing before. Facing page: At the rear, the house was extended by 15ft, providing space for a much larger kitchen and an enclosed porch with French doors opening to the garden. Above: Decorative white mouldings enhance the height of the ceilings. more renovations at 77