Home addition with efficient improvements
Architecture should also be thought of as problem solving. The more thoroughly a problem is described and understood the closer one is to a solution. This is especially true during renovations and additions because there are many already-built facts to work around. Part of my design process is the “program questionnaire” (see design process) where input from clients helps define the challenges and solutions.
In this case, a second story addition and renovations, one problem was the dark interior hallways of the existing first floor. The solution, a windowed roof cupola above a stair core, quickly led to the ultimate floor plan. This is an example of “fixing existing problems” while adding on. The Arts and Craft style grew from roof shapes that work and the need to change siding materials on the second floor [Matching the existing siding would have required expensive custom milling].