The clients of this 1954 bungalow asked Randy Bens Architect to add a new floor to the existing structure. Located in a post war suburban neighborhood that sits at the prow of a hill in New Westminster, British Columbia, the bungalow is surrounded by rich modernist architecture from that era. The existing house was an L-shaped bungalow that was too small for the clients, an artist and psychologist, who have three boys ages 17 to 26. The new floor would be the domain of the parents, and the boys would acquire main floor bedrooms of a more suitable size. The addition would be composed of a studio, master suite, and a deck to take advantage of the view. Architecturally, the goal was to knit together the old and new with simple gestures and materials that would be sympathetic to their context, yet fresh.
Project description, images, and drawings following the break.
Architect: Randy Bens Architect
Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Contractor: Basil Restorations Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Ennova Structural Engineers Inc.
Millwork: Topal Custom Cabinets
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Roger Brooks Photography