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Japanese styled photographers home studio addition

Home studio addition with Japanese aesthetic

Photographer home studio addition design

Photographer home studio addition design

Photographer’s Studio Addition

Howard is a photographer who needed space at home for his work and wanted to include a “Japanese” aesthetic in an addition. The property drops off at the edge of the existing home so the only solution was to remove a portion of the roof and build upward. This presented challenges but also opportunity; the second story porch uses the dramatic site while its exposed structure gave me an opportunity to work toward Howard’s aesthetic. Roofs are a powerful defining shape and here were an opportunity to complete the request for a Japanese-styled architectural addition.

Japanese styled photographers home studio addition

Photographers studio design addition

The second-story addition and renovations below were an opportunity to bring this wing of the house up to better-than-code specifications for insulation and (shell-tightening). It’s always wise to identify and (fix existing problems) in structures that should be corrected as you add-on an addition.

Second story addition and renovations

Improvements for an efficient home addition.

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].