We were approached by the new owners of an historic McKenzie & Wolf Spanish Revival house in Saratoga California and asked to extensivly add to it and make it serve the needs of their young family. The existing 1920s era residence was a listed historic building by a prominant local architect and as such we needed to work carefully to preserve the character of the structure while adding much needed space and bringing the residence into the 21st century. We chose to preserve te entire front half of the structure. It had the most significant architectural elements and was what helped bring period character to the street. We took care to step the upper floor back from the lower to preserve the original roof lines and made use of the same roof form, window shapes, details, and materials when making our additions. This strategy was carried through to the rear of the residence.
To make up for a limited allowable building envelope, we dug under the house and created a basement complete with family room/guest room, laundry, home office, and wine cellar. Inside the house, working with interior designer Kara Silkwood we kept the original forms but chose to update the fixtures and finishes.
In the back yard we re-designed the landscape, adding a pool along one side, an upper terrace beside the pool, and a lower terrace with outdoor kitchen and outdoor fire, everything needed for outdoor living – California style.