Residential ArchitectureRenovation ProjectsExtensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Project: Extensive Remodel
Architects: Atmosphere Design Build
Location: Auburn, California
Size: 2542 SF (including 674 SF Addition)
Completed Spring 2019
Photo Credits: Cat Alves
Contractor: Atmosphere Design Build

Built in the late 1970s, the Auburn house is reminiscent of the California Modern homes built in the mid-century by Joseph Eichler. Located in an established neighborhood of mixed residential typologies, the house greets the neighborhood on the north street side and opens to a southern back yard perched above the North Fork of the American River canyon.

The owners, who both work from home, asked us to develop a master plan for the property that included additional space for private offices, a guest bedroom, a workshop, and a future pool. Also desired was an extensive remodel of the existing house that update the home and improve energy efficiency.

Addition, Whole House Remodel, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

The two-story addition to the home is tucked into a narrow buildable slice of the parcel on the eastern end of the home. It optimizes the existing infrastructure and only hints at a bold modern form, from the street side. However, on the private south side, the addition opens dramatically to the inspiring southern canyon view from the second-floor office spaces. A second entrance is provided into the “creative” wing of the building – to allow work to occur with some separation from the activity of family life. The remodel of the existing home evokes the California Modernist moments of the building by creating smoother transitions between the interior and exterior spaces and updating the kitchen to create better functionality all while using sustainable materials that are expressed in an honest manner.

dining room, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

The energy upgrades on this home focus on improving the envelope through meticulous air sealing, replacing all the existing insulation, replacing all the windows, and upgrading all the mechanical equipment. An oversized and outdated furnace was replaced with a high performing unit installed within a conditioned attic. Heating and cooling in the new addition will be provided by a ductless mini split. A roof mounted 6 kW photovoltaic system is expected to offset all the electrical usage for this mixed fuel home.

kitchen, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

kitchen, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

living room, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

home decor, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

staircase, Addition, Energy Retrofit, Atmosphere Design Build

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Extensive Remodel of a 1970s House in Auburn, California

Hidden Cove Residence, Seattle / Stuart Silk Architects

This large wooded site is on a small bay on Lake Washington in the Washington Park neighborhood of Seattle. The parcel enjoys sweeping views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains was well suited for our client’s collection of specimen trees.

Apartment Lady, Ljubljana / Idealists Studio

When our team was chosen to design a new interior in one of Ljubljana’s newest buildings, the apartment was practically ready to move in – painted, with all the hardware installations, oak laminated parquet and a completed bathroom with ceramic tiles and sanitary equipment.

Illa by Teehee – Designed to Facilitate Interaction Between Family Members

Illa is designed to facilitate interaction between family members by playing, relaxing and during everyday child care. Designed with longevity and flexibility in mind,...

Federal-Style Townhouse in Manhattan Gets Inspiring Renovation

This Federal-style townhouse, once located in the historical Washington Street Market active from the 1770s to 1960s, was used for most of its life as an egg and poultry distributor.

Bartolomeu Dias House by Aurora Arquitectos

This is an upstream project in a time when the city has been gradually emptied from its inhabitants under the pressure of tourism and real estate speculation.

Related Articles