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Going up over an old "boxcar." (ranch house remodeling)

Whether modest or bold, upward or outward, an addition can give a house new character as well as more living space.

Faced with the boxcar-like lines of Lorraine and Jim Quist's house, architect Kwan Lam Wong of Albany, California, used both tacts. In front, his changes appear modest: the center of the house pushes out 4 feet to the eave and juts up 6 feet from the ridgeline. In back, the addition has a bolder scale: a two-story wing with cantilevered popout projects into the rear yard.

To break up the flat front facade and remedy an abrubt entry into the living room, Wong moved a 17-foot-long section of the wall forward to the eave line, then turned the front door sideways. The 4-foot-deep extension let him create an entry foyer and expand the dining room.

The major change was to the rear--a two-story wing with a family room below and a master bedroom and bath above. From the street, the addition doesn't appear massive, since it extends back from the ridgeline. The 22-foot-wide family room projects 14 feet into the rear garden, but the upper-level bedroom steps back to reduce the mass of the new wing. The final touch was a new coat of paint.
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Date:Apr 1, 1985
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