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La Jolla add-on turns a blank face to the alley. But inside it's a bright conservatory.

At first glance, the exterior walls of this remodel look detached, like freestanding facades. But look again to understand a clever design that yields light, privacy, and drama.

San Diego architect Stanley Keniston planned a side-yard addition to link a small 1930s corner-lot bungalow with its garage (entered off a side alley). To give the owners the bright, conservatory-like living-dining room they wanted, Keniston "exploded" the west facade as a pair of walls--joined by tall, 2-foot wide ribbons of reflective glass.

other than a pair of clerestory windows and one lower living-room window, the addition turns a blank face to the alley. Three 8- by 20-inch fir beams span the 20-foot-wide room, tying in the taller wall; three custom-welded steel pipe supports tie in the shorter wall. Silicone seals all glass joints.

The 650-square-foot addition has proven energy-efficient: its stucco walls, ceramic tile floor, and masonry-block trombe wall (visible in the photograph at upper right) all retain much warmth. Although the house's area nearly doubled, the existing forced-air furnace is still sufficient. And clerestories vent built-up heat.

owners are Susan and Jeffrey Harris of La Jolla, California.
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