Flight of Fancy

Imaginative home design turns a little-used deck into a beloved modern addition whose small size belies its functionality. It all started with a deck, one that probably hadn’t been used more than five times in 20 years. Which was inconveniently perched as it was off a second-floor studio. Incorporating the deck space into the house to get use out of it was the impetus of doing the renovation. The architects describe the addition “Flight of Fancy” as “part treehouse and part modern jewel box, with slices of glazing to frame the trees.”

By Janice Randall Rohlf + Photography by Dan Cutrona + A3 Architects, founder Alison Alessi
The new metal-clad box addition on the postmodern shingle-style house has dramatically large windows that bring the outside in.
A library wall that pulls you from the studio into the guest space features a cantilevered concrete bench.
A finely crafted Murphy bed is a practical solution for this dual-purpose room.
A pair of Eero Saarinen-designed Knoll Womb Chairs was a splurge.

The whole entry to the house was re-imagined to make more sense as an arrival point. Copper, used on the original front door, was reprised for the entry stair wall.

Formerly a cramped second-floor studio, the space is now a dynamic and flexible multi-use area comprising a library, a guest bedroom and a full bath.
The architects describe the addition as “part treehouse and part modern jewel box, with slices of glazing to frame the trees”.
A wall-mounted concrete sink is an innovative feature in the full bath, with an oversized sliding barn door.

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