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Bringing the front door forward ... with a new skylighted entry hall.

Bringing the front door forward . . . with a new skylighted entry hall

Handsome and problem-solving are adjectives that owners Patand Fred Woerner happily apply to their remodeled house in Sunnyvale, California. In the daytime, its 20-foot-long, barrelvaulted hall brightens the interior, including two new bedrooms. At night, it glows as it leads guests to what had once been the front door of the 30-year-old post-and-beam house.

Despite its good looks, the addition's real virtue is what it doesfor both visual and acoustical privacy. Before, an L-shaped plan (with the garage forward) left the front door and bedrooms open to view--and noise--from a busy street. Adding the center hall and the two bedrooms brought the rest of the house even with the garage front.

The key to effective noise control is to add mass and minimizeopenings facing the noise source. Mostly solid, the new exterior walls are penetrated only by fixed windows around the front door and by two narrow, double-glazed windows for the bedrooms. Although rooms open onto the hall, their sliding glass doors reduce noise penetration from the street and minimize heat loss or gain.

The curving ceiling of the 7-foot-wide hall has five 4-foot-widepanels of clear acrylic plastic set in a custom-built aluminum framework. During winter months, sunlight bounces around in the hall, brightening adjacent rooms and warming the tile floor. To reduce heat buildup in summer months, a removable frame of plastic pipe suspends gray-tinted greenhouse shadecloth above the clear roof. One panel cranks open to vent excess heat.

Mrs. Woerner, an interior designer, worked with architectVictor H. Lee of Menlo Park, California, on the remodel.

Photo: Gently bowed skylight covers central hallway faced by sliding glass doors from new bedrooms (right), former front door (rear)

Photo: Translucent panels of "obscure' glass surround front door to admit light, not views. Arching skylight shows above flat roof. Note slender windows of new bedrooms at right

Photo: Openable panel with worm-drive liftercranks open to ventilate atrium hall
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