Studio for a Painter
Life isn’t easy in an octagon, especially if you need to expand. Conceptually, we saw this as a pod docking onto the mother ship, a 1970s 8-sided kit house. The new art studio touches lightly and opens up to the main house. The client’s frustration over a tiny spiral stair connecting the first floor to the finished basement was the impetus for this addition, and an open stair now connects the first floor and art studio below. From the studio, large windows frame the woods and stream adjacent, and higher windows above the workbench have a clear view of children playing in the yard. On top of it all is a large deck that extends the first-floor level, allowing easier access to outdoor living from the kitchen and dining room.