by Colleen Hawkes
Initially contracted to design a remodel, the designer of this new house says the project escalated until it became clear the only option was to simply start over.
Fu-Tung Cheng of Cheng Design says the owners of the existing house on site required a larger home that simply could not fit into the same footprint. Building anew was a better way to achieve what they wanted, and it did not need to cost much more than a total renovation.
“Their home sat in a neighborhood of houses in a similar traditional style — there were plenty of quaint gabled rooflines,” Cheng says. “But what they wanted — and what was ultimately proposed — was a complete departure. The owners had seen my work with concrete on smaller jobs and loved the modern aesthetic, and we could see there was a potential to do something similar on a much larger scale.”
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