A Burlington, MA couple hired Feinmann to expand their cramped, yet iconic, 1960s raised ranch house while keeping within a modest budget. An earlier design created by another firm planned a rear addition to the house, which would have required an extensive kitchen renovation. Modern design lovers, the homeowners ultimately chose Feinmann’s fresh approach to reconfiguring the way they would live in their home. The design team found an alternative solution that would create a connection to the house from the garage with a new entry and ample living area: all while preserving the character of the original, endearing ranch house.
The new “loft-like” addition is light filled and airy, with generous windows and a substantial increase in square footage. An open floor plan included creating a connection to the house from the garage with a mudroom, a family room and a dining area with lots of light. The kitchen remained unaltered, but now opens up to the new loft area instead of the existing living room. New entries were created: a front door from the driveway and a rear door to the backyard, as well as an entry from the garage to the mudroom.
By being modest, the new addition keeps the spirit of the original house, but now has its own distinct contemporary style. Our team utilized two existing walls and their foundations to fill in the space between the house and the garage, minimizing the cost of the project by eliminating the need for additional construction.
Thoughtful details include a well-appointed window in the mudroom overlooking a decorative tree in the front yard as well as a built-in hutch, which extends from the mudroom entry closet, featuring display shelves and anchoring the eating area in the loft space.
The homeowners said “Our stated desire to preserve the best characteristics of our 1960s vintage ranch, while adding ‘just enough’ space for modern living, was simply and elegantly met by the modern design created by the Feinmann team. During the process of building, all subcontractors proved professional and courteous, and usual issues were addressed promptly and effectively.”