Out West

How do you capture a big view and protect the home from the evening sun? Our clients wanted to improve their home's image, create open social space, and find a way to enjoy a big winter vista through the trees across the road. Adding a big friendly porch out west was the answer. The new porch and remodeled interiors work together to transform the home.


  • The house was noble but nondescript.
  • The porch transforms the home's image.
  • Steel columns support the wood ceiling.
  • Concrete foundation blocks serve as seating and a place to rest refreshments.
  • New kitchen for preparing porch-time refreshments (along with occasional other meals too).
  • Low awning windows don't obstruct the view.
  • The Renovation improved energy efficiency.
  • Friendly porches improve neighborhood morale.
  • The remodeled open plan provides views from living, kitchen, and dining.
  • The orange door signals that fantastic people live here!

A front porch for living...


...transforms the image.


A growing family loves their small house and neighborhood. By adding a second floor, we created a place for four children's bedrooms.  This made room on the first floor to reimagine most of the space, add a garage and screened porch, and transform the experience of the home.



  • The house fits the neighborhood.
  • Screened porch is a living room.
  • Kitchen is the heart of the home.
  • The old house is still part of the new design.
  • Second floor provided unexpected views.
  • Bathrooms for everyone!
  • Super-functional drop-zone mudroom.
  • Enough space for small tipi in the living room.
  • Sunlight through new kitchen windows inspires joy.
  • Good design improves daily life for people.
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A small tipi

looks great in the living room!