This is an example of a radically remodeled residential kitchen. The challenge was to open up, expand and add natural light to a small, inefficient and dark eat-in kitchen. The small exisitng window faced north. The breakfast bar was uncomfortable and small. The solution was to enlarge the space toward the north, enlarge the windows, open the space to the adjoining sun room and create an island where the family can congregate comfortably.
Adding on to an existing home must always be done with harmony and yet to create a new and better space to meet the needs of the homeowner. This project created a new side entry including a mud room and laundry space, along with a new bathroom and a large sun room. This project was completed during the summer while the owner lived in the house.
New room for a gardener
Adding to a mid century modern home
This project illustrates our ability to make a major addition blend with the original home. Material choice, building form and position are all important considerations in the design of an addition.
New face for a 1950's home
This 1950's Ann Arbor home had a nearly flat roof and high strip windows in the bedrooms. It was under-insulated and uncomfortable, especially in the hot days of summer. We added some casement windows to allow for views from the bedrooms, a whole house fan, and a sloped roof. We replaced the aginig windows all around the house. This updated design improved the performance, comfort and utility of the home. The style of the house is now much better suited to the neighborhood.
This bathroom project involved the complete removal of a vintage 1956 bathroom (complete with flesh-pink tiles and plaster walls). The insulation was upgraded to maximize thermal comfort. Even the floor was insulated because the space beneath is unconditioned crawl space. The floor of this new bathroom is finished with Motawi tile - made even more delightful with an in-floor radiant heat system. The central accent motif is carried over into the backsplash and the top of the wainscot on the walls . Black drawer pulls, sink and toilet fixtures continue the sophisticated look and the honed finish on the stone countertop gives a softer feel to the space. The wood cabinets warm up the room with a beautiful cherry finish. Lighting is adjustable, and includes a cove fixture above using super-efficient LED light fixtures. The room air is exhasted with a humidity controlled fan with a manual override switch. All in all this room packs a lot of comfort and aesthetic design into a very small space.
Pine Lake House
Daniel James Barry, Inc. is the corporation under which I do business as an architect and a fine artist. This page illustrates a few of the architectural projects I have executed. There are many others. In my career I have worked for other architectural firms in which I was able to manage large school projects, industrial buildings, commercial developments, nursing homes and residential projects. Now that I am working out of my own home as a sole practitioner, I take on smaller projects. Most of these are residential remodelling / addition projects, but I also have managed small commercial projects. I have chosen to display residential projects here since it seems this is where my expertise is most readily applied.
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