Most homeowners looking to add more living space turn their attention to their backyard. But with a pie slice-shaped lot in which the home backed up to the narrow point, these Highland Park homeowners didn’t have that option.
Instead, they plowed forward, turning their mostly unused front yard into an activity-rich spot that includes a gorgeous new sunroom with arty style that rivals the views to a new above-ground swimming pool.
The homeowners hired architect Adriana Meyer of APM architecture to tackle the addition. Meyer says the biggest challenge for the sunroom was trying to unify the new elements with the existing 1970s house and making it look like it was always supposed to be there.
A raised and sloped ceiling with high windows allows the sunroom to live up to its name. The raised portion also offers privacy for a rooftop deck and extends views to the raised swimming pool.
Structural beams from the original portion of the house continue into the space. LED lights are nestled inside, while decorative wood planking spans the space between the beams, echoing a design found in the nearby extended kitchen.
A double-sided (and see-through) gas fireplace creates a focal point for intimate seating areas for the sunroom as well as the exterior. “The sunroom was about bringing the outside in, so the fireplace is a continuation of that concept,” Meyer says.
Some of the furnishings follow this idea too. Interior designer Erika Yeaman of Yes Associates says she particularly likes the flexibility of the swinging chairs, because in addition to being fun, they can be turned toward the pool or the TV area in the sunroom, or they can be used independently. A graphic feature wall and rug allow scoops of bright colors to burst into view, such as a pair of antique armchairs reupholstered in a lively green Knoll fabric.
Outside, a deck leads to the raised swimming pool where the family — and friends — can take a dip.