This house was designed for a family of 8. Their desire was to create more living space but at the same time to not lose the feeling of unity and togetherness virtually mandated by their previous home - a typical three-bedroom house. The design solution is reminiscent of a lodge. A generous central living space incorporating a great room as well as the dining room and kitchen is at the heart of the house. A children's "study loft' and a home office become elements adjacent to the primary living space. In contrast to the spatial complexity of the main living area - the bedrooms are straightforward and rather modest by contemporary standards. The house's relatively planar front façade helps create a sense of enclosure for the arrival court - required as an accommodation for cars but also likely to see heavy use as a roller hockey/basketball court, wiffle ball/kickball stadium and canvas for sidewalk chalk artists of various ages. The rear of the house, in contrast, finds expression as a collection of more articulated and fenestrated elements. These take advantage of a various vistas including a barn and pasture as well as woods.
Photos by Matt Carbone.
The Grumman Renovations include a porch addition and kitchen remodel; both designed by GRA+D's Joe Moss while he was with Lincoln Street Studio.
Call it Mid-Century Modern or Prairie Style Light, our clients lived in a house that seemed to be built spec, but aspired to the more progressive styles of its time. The Grumman family, maybe the third owners of the home, were the client the house originally needed. But rather than commit the sin of revisionist history and turn their house into an ersatz 50’s museum, we sought to evoke the spatial and material qualities of the time in a contemporary formal palette.
The porch came first. The dining table was the nexus of this family – great meals, homework, reading, board games, philosophy… Visioned as an extension of this space, the porch brings the dining room outside and the fresh air in. Ground face block walls frame the zone of the porch and yard, punctuated by a two-sided hearth. Steel supports the hardwood ceiling and creates a scupper spilling into a nearby basin. A glass roof between the scupper and house ensures daylight for the dining room.
A later call from the Grummans put us to the task of updating the adjacent kitchen and dining room. The porch, now in place, and the living room were missing the connective zone that would allow the house to spatially gel. The principal task of the redesign was to erase many of the intermediate rooms and walls to provide an improved flow to the home. While the porch frames the backyard landscape, a continuous locker - bento-box ceiling frame the connection from the kitchen and dining room to the porch.
Photos by Brad Feinknopf.
Photos by Brad Feinknopf.
A place to practice classical guitar, a cocktail lounge, storage for several hundred board games and a gallery for the display of art - these were some the pieces of this most unusual renovation. Located in a historical neighborhood, the building itself is only twenty-odd years old. The goal was a renovation of the split-level interior layout to accommodate the owner's interests and lifestyle. Carving away at the existing interior allowed the creation of specialized "buildings within the building" designed for specific uses. The space between the elements then became both an interior amenity (allowing for views from and to the various programmed pieces) - and also a bigger and more flexible area facilitating larger gatherings than could the original configuration.
Photos by Brad Feinknopf.
50-2 Brickel is an urban transformation project designed by GRA+D's Joe Moss while he was with Lincoln Street Studio.
A client of ours had purchased a deteriorated concrete block service garage that was a macabre collection of dead mice, dead cars, and legends of a dead employee found in the back. She wanted to revive it as a pair of urban townhomes.
The existing building was a challenge for sure but the location was ideal. The 40’ x 80’ site is off the main drag, but very close to the epicenter of city life in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood. The project also supports other recent improvements that are transforming a previously ignored alley to become a neighborhood path that’s friendlier to foot traffic than automobiles.
By splitting the site lengthwise and layering functions up three floors, the two homes take advantage of a number of amenities. The primary living areas are placed on the upper level with a simple roof structure tilted upward toward the street to bring views and daylight deep into the space. The living room opens onto semi-private outdoor garden / terraces – an uncommon amenity afforded by the placement of the garage blocks below. Suspended from the roof structure and steel moment frame, a mezzanine affords even better views while keeping the main areas light and spacious.
The ground floor packs in the basics - service, storage, laundry, and an entry gallery fronting Brickel Street.