A young couple with one child, Randy and Melissa Werner wanted a free-standing garage and living space located in the yard behind their 1920’s craftsman bungalow. Their main goals for the project were to provide additional entertainment space, increase parking are for their cars and make a through-lot connection between the street and a rear alley, and make a more intimate outdoor space of their back yard. As part of the project, they also wanted to clean up the rear of the main house, which had been added onto fifteen years prior. Our work with them yielded a lifted living space that shelters a drive-through carport. An exterior stair embedded in the main volume of the structure opens to a north-facing porch on the upper level. New slatted screens and a new stair from the rear porch of the main house form visual and circulation connection between old and new.
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