Lagom – a Swedish word with no exact translation in English – is a term that you might recall from the Goldilocks story as “not too much, not too little, but just right.” This word is the perfect way to describe this single family renovation and addition to a 1948 suburban, ranch-style home. The transformation took a modest 1100 sq. ft. home into a light-filled retreat with a wall of glass facing the park-like greenery of the backyard.
The completed Roberta Avenue project created a family friendly residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. An open living/dining/kitchen area acts as the central gathering space and separates the master suite from the other two bedrooms. The resulting 2081 sq. ft. residence still maintains a compact and efficient footprint while providing adequate room for a growing family.
Maintaining a similar massing to the rest of the neighborhood was an important consideration at the refreshed street-facing facade. At the rear yard, the contemporary cedar wrapped box master suite is juxtaposed with a simple gable roof addition that integrates with the existing house. The project incorporated several special features including a translucent wall, concealed open pantry, and indoor/outdoor connection with window walls at the front porch, rear dining wall and master bedroom. At the exterior, the contemporary landscape includes some playful components including a grass-covered mound with a tunnel and vertical herb planter screens. The centrally located kitchen, finished with marine grade plywood, plastic laminate fronts, white Corian countertops and locally sourced accent tiles, acts as the gathering place for family dinners and parties alike.
The materials are both economical and durable for a family with young children. A similar palette is used at the kid’s bathroom and master bathroom. The house’s refreshed design is emblematic of modern California living. The result is a daylight filled interior that connects seamlessly to a private outdoor living space filled with drought-tolerant vegetation.
Architect: Megan Carter, CB Design
Contractor MK Construction
Landscape Design/Build: Envision Landscape Studio
Photographer: Eric Rorer
Staging: Visual Jill