This bold addition by Klopf Architecture in Northern California makes a conscious departure from the existing traditional home. The decidedly industrial exterior features smooth dark gray stucco, a custom steel mesh wall, and a metal spiral staircase leading from the ground floor to the roof deck. The clients love the industrial look because it feels raw and natural to them. The footprint of the new addition lies at the rear of the existing home, and the dark exterior helps seamlessly integrate the new structure into the natural slope of the land. According to architect John Klopf, the new addition acts as a spatial backdrop for the existing structure, “receding visually out of respect for the original home.”
A dramatic garage addition adds volume to this ranch-style home in Southern California. The front facade of the home shows the two-story addition seamlessly integrated with the original single-level ranch house. Patterns and details in the new structure were thoughtfully chosen to complement design elements from the original remodel. The concrete stem wall of the garage addition was laid out in a parquet pattern similar to the plywood parquet at the front entrance. The fine sand stucco finish creates visual cohesion between the two structures.
In Washington DC, a contractor transformed this dilapidated house into a clean, modern residence. Large Marvin Windows were added to the back of the house to improve views of the yard. "We replaced the old 1980s shingles with stucco—since it was an approved material according to our historic reviewers—and painted the house," the resident says. They also added a small balcony with ipe decking.
Architect Guy Zucker says that he wanted the color palette of his home—which is divided intothree “rocks”—to feel like earth or sand. Their stucco is grainy, rather than smooth, and a radicalized sand color. Photo courtesy Z-A Studio.
These matching San Francisco renovations, each about 1,325 square feet, share an open courtyard and a unique collection of exterior materials. “Church Street is a pretty busy through street, [and] now everyone knows the ‘rusty steel house,’” Principal Jim Zack says. The front unit’s exterior is made of acrylic stucco, custom wood siding, and Cor-Ten steel.
Architect Max Levy designed this home in Dallas for Deborah Orrill and Blair Sanders using small but mighty design details, like a “martini deck” tucked atop the cylindrical entry, which is clad in raw, galvanized sheet metal. “One of the things Max insisted on,” Sanders says, “was that we have views of our own house. That’s why all the sides of the house are different.” Some are stucco, others are metal-clad, and ipe latticework encloses one end of the garage.