The Making of an Addition / by Phillip Jefferson

How does one represent an existing house, but justify the needs for additional space?  What are the important elements of the program?  Each client has a specific need.  Each house has a specific desire to connect to the new in recognizable ways.  Some of these ways are traditional, some are modern, others are contemporary.  The relationship between the two can begin to complete a language or create a new one.  How do we complete the language between old and new?  There isn't one answer, but many options. 

 Front exterior elevation showing existing and new addition

Front exterior elevation showing existing and new addition

This traditional design explores a new garage and master bedroom suite in Wake Forest, NC in a way that attempts to feel as if it were already there.  The design hopes to work with the existing language to create a new whole.

 The garage addition wall framing.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.

The garage addition wall framing.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.

 Keep the tree.  The walls and roof are up as well as the dormer.  Starting the drying in process.  Oh, and a porta potti.  Every job has to have one.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.

Keep the tree.  The walls and roof are up as well as the dormer.  Starting the drying in process.  Oh, and a porta potti.  Every job has to have one.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.

 Connecting to the existing.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.

Connecting to the existing.  Photograph by Lloyd Dunn.