In architecture, as in life, there are challenges and solutions. This historic Clarksville project is a prime example. Webber + Studio designer Rick Hamer has sought to combine old, new, and in between into something beautiful and functional.

Challenge

To take a historic landmark cottage house, built in 1909 with a butterfly roofed and concrete wrapped 2003 addition and meld the two together.

Both the interior and exterior feel disjointed.

The dark historic space is bisected by a kitchen that opens into a family room with windows rising up to the new roof. Programatic goals include capturing existing space under the house for a master suite and a small addition that will expand the family room.

The site has a fairly significant grade change and we wanted to provide a connection to the lower yard as well as capture covered outdoor space that could double as a carport.

Solution

The solution we set upon was to preserve as much existing structure as possible. We are proposing to vault the existing historic cottage ceiling and wrap the entire space with reclaimed wood.

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This provides the opportunity to open up the slightly oppressive and dimly lit original cottage rooms and make them more special. A reconfiguring of the kitchen allows the flow from the cottage into the addition.

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The intimate kitchen opens up to a bright and expanded family room beyond.

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The family room overlooks the backyard and is nestled into a existing tree canopy.

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A new stair provides direct access down to the carport and captured porch before continuing down to the master suite.

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The newly captured space below the addition becomes part of the master suite, with an open plan and direct access to the backyard.

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