A total house remodel was the ideal choice for the owners who intended to add another story and modernize the quirky layout of their pinkish Wallingford residence. With the vision and advice of architect Forrest Murphy, they demolished the house and rebuilt it as a contemporary dwelling.
The house is built around a massive chef’s kitchen, with special care made to boost natural light, providing the living spaces additional height, and setting up a separate living area downstairs. Color splashes inside and out give it personality and reflect the characteristics of the pair that live there.
The kitchen features a huge quartz countertop with a single slab and an adjoining stainless steel bar area. On the ceiling, a streamlined, non-ducted Zephyr vent hood complements a Wolf cooktop.
The accordion Kolbe doors swing wide, transforming the entire house into an outdoor living area with views of the Fremont River and docks beneath.
Because the homeowners like entertaining and cooking, this space was designed to be the center point of the house. The area is built to fit their requirements, with built-in pockets for kitchen utensils and an assortment of diverse cookbooks.
The lower floor is divided so that family members, guests, or even tenants can use it as a semi-separate residential unit with its bedroom, restroom, and side entrance.
The upper floor, on the other hand, is made up of a single big master suite. You will walk through a 220lb door that, when opened, sinks into the wall. Forrest Murphy conceived of this technological accomplishment, which was realized through careful execution by his team, which acquired the slab and discovered the appropriate hinges.
While the bedroom appears modest, it is the small things that make it so unique: a salvaged wood wall made from planks from the old home’s balcony and in-wall illumination that highlights the ceiling.