Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture

Making a Place for Beauty in Your Life

Roger Scruton has written that "Adolf Loos set out to discover a purer beauty–beauty that belongs to modern life and also endorses it." Professor Scruton is on to something!

Lina and Adolf Loos's bedroom circa 1903 from the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts.  © Peter Kainz/MAK

Lina and Adolf Loos's bedroom circa 1903 from the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts.  © Peter Kainz/MAK

This a productive way of talking about Lifestyle and Effects. What does that mean? It means that we at makeArchitecture create good, clean design that aims to be as beautiful as it is integral to the way you live. It has to FUNCTION!

The first question we ask is

How do you want to live?

This ethos is in the details as well as the overall of the space. Here's an example. The desire to work in the kitchen and speak to guests inspired this project. The plan on the left shows that there was a load bearing wall between the two rooms. There was no way to cook and have direct contact with the guests. What to do?

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The plan on the right shows the new relationship between the kitchen and dining room. The next decision was how to detail the structure supporting the joists that were resting upon the kitchen wall and the exterior wall on the south side. Typically a contractor would have put a lintel on the underside of each but this would have made the effect less clear. We loved structures in school–there's a beauty in the way the maximum moment of a continuously loaded beam can be ascertained from the area of the shear diagram. (More on that in a different post.)

So we cut off the southern exterior balloon frame wall 16" above the second floor. (The temporary wall you see in the background also exists on the second floor to hold up the ceiling and roof.) We created a pocket within which to place the beam and create flush ceiling that unifies the space and reinforces the idea of dining room and kitchen as one. 

The parallam being raised into the pocket.

The parallam being raised into the pocket.

Modern lifestyle–cooking while hosting a party–needs details that make this possible. The view from the kitchen to the table with its setting for the dinner party. Note how the space is one. Doesn't that make sense?