In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the clients requests for larger open spaces and more natural light. Existing windows were expanded and consolidated and a second story was added with huge dormers to take advantage of the surrounding views.
The ample exterior glazing is intentionally oriented to a southern exposure, allowing maximum solar gain in winter. In summer, existing shade trees cool the home, helping to minimize the energy needed for heating and cooling in this harsh northern climate, a brilliant use of passive solar design.
The original brick walls of the house are almost unrecognizable under a fresh coat of black paint, which helps to visually tie the existing house to the renovations. It is shocking to see what a little imagination can do for a drab suburban neighborhood!