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Remodeling a flat-roofed house for energy efficiency and more.

Remodeling a flat-roofed house for energy efficiency and more

Flat-roofed post-and-beam houses, built in the 1950s and '60s, can be found throughout the West. Energy conservation wasn't their strong point, so remodels often focus on adding new heating systems and double-glazed windows. Architectural designer Shirley Coates of Palo Alto, California, addressed the energy problems while improving this house's internal organization. Subtle additions to the front and one side not only added 400 square feet but gave the house a more contemporary streetside appearance. Formerly the entry was near the back of the carport and almost hidden from view. By building forward, Coates was able to add a redwood facade that includes a taller front wall, a garage door, a new front door, and a curving wall with double-glazed windows. Just inside the new front door, a bedroom was converted to a living room. The old living room became a family room for owners Lydia and John Selling and their children. Increasing the height of the front wall by 2 feet concealed skylights, vents, and a rooftop network of insulated hot-water lines leading to new overhead radiant heaters. The heaters replaced broken, corroded pipe in the concrete slab.

PHOTO : Before. Carport was typical dark hole; drive doubled as entry walk. Tar-and-gravel roof

PHOTO : was visible from street

PHOTO : After. Redwood siding and false front mask roof. Brick planters define entry patio

PHOTO : Angled wall with fireplace juts into former side yard. New skylight and track-mounted and

PHOTO : recessed lights brighten living room
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Date:Apr 1, 1990
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