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A new front terrace was the key.

A new front terrace was the key

Every room at the front of this 1940s house got bigger--or at least appeared to--because of a clever entry remodel. Sited uphill from the street, the house had a narrow entry walk and steep stairs to a tiny porch at the front door. Inside, the living room, dining room, and kitchen all sat several feet above ground level. For owners Barbara Wagner and Martin Scharlemann, Santa Barbara architect Dennis Thompson extended the kitchen 8 feet to add a breakfast area and create a more pronounced U-shaped facade. Inside the U, he built a terrace at the same level as the surrounding rooms and installed French doors to open the living room, dining room, and new breakfast area to the terrace--now a heavily used outdoor room. To reach the new terrace from the side driveway, he built a 4-foot-wide curve of steps rimmed with stucco-covered walls of concrete block. The front wall provides privacy from the street, while directing terrace views into the treetops and toward distant mountains. For the terrace floor, Thompson specified brick pavers on a waterproof membrane over plywood subflooring. A trellis--composed of 8-by-8 posts, 6-by-8 beams, and 4-by-6 crossbeams--will eventually support wisteria and bougainvillea growing out of new planting wells as well as in containers.

PHOTO : Curving stairway, inside screen wall, winds up to entry terrace. Planting wells allow

PHOTO : landscape space on both sides of steps

PHOTO : From brick terrace, new entry wall edits view toward street. Owners have privacy and see

PHOTO : only rooftop and trees of house across the way. Eventually, vines will cover overhead

PHOTO : beams

PHOTO : Checkerboard pattern of openings pierces concrete-block wall finished with stucco and

PHOTO : brick cap. Timber trellis spans new terrace
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