Suburban Renewal

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A drab split-level home is transformed into a modern showpiece with the addition of a "light box" to the rear facade, adding space on two levels and bringing in abundant natural light.

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  • Bring in more natural light; update the home’s look; incorporate eco-friendly strategies


This remodel deftly transforms a drab split-level home into a contemporary showplace to suit the owner’s modern lifestyle. The original low window and door head heights caused the house to have a darkened, cave-like feel. The solution: add a two-story glass box with a breakfast room on the upper level and a home gym on the bottom, bringing in an abundance of natural light.

The interior has undergone a remarkable change. Walls were modified or completely removed to create an open family room that greets guests entering through the two-story skylit foyer. A minimal open-riser stair, crafted from white oak, further enhances the home’s newfound feeling of openness.

Judges’ comments

“The clean lines, liberated plan, and large expanses of glass are compelling. ... Most traditionalists could be happy to call this house home.” —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Acquatonica; Kohler; EFI; Duravit; Vola; Steamist

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Toto; Agape; Hastings; American Standard

Countertops: Zodiaq; Balthaup

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Loewen

Flooring: Dixie Home; Langhome

Hardware: Baldwin; Hafele

HVAC: Carrier

Kitchen cabinets: Balthaup

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Balthaup; Julien; Houzer

Lighting fixtures: USA Illuminations; Lightolier; Insight

Lighting system: Lutron HomeWorks

Microwave: Dacor

Oven: Miele

Refrigerator: Sub-Zero

Siding: ipe

Skylights: Velux; Solatube

Windows: Loewen

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