| Ten Hills Phase 2, Baltimore, MD
Client: Private Residence
Program: Major kitchen renovation with masterplanning for future two story rear addition. The owners wished to add a music room and convert their living room into a library that could also be used for entertaining. They also desired to improve their kitchen and open it to the adjacent den to create a more intimate space where they might unwind and enjoy their fireplace. The building is located in the historic Ten Hills District.
Design Approach: The steep densely wooded slope immediately beyond the rear of the home provided an architectural and structural challenge, yet it also offered the opportunity to open the rear of the home to a spectacular view. ArchPlan’s solution was to place an addition off of the library at the rear of the home to provide the music room. The rear wall of which is entirely glazed to maximize access to the view. The effect of which is enhanced by lowering the floor in the addition providing taller windows and a higher ceiling by stepping down in a manner that is sympathetic to the landscape. The kitchen was redesigned to create additional storage, and allow for a logical and efficient work flow. The interior wall between the kitchen and the den was removed leaving the spaces to be separated only symbolically by the counter. The stove and sink work stations were arranged so that one would be oriented inward to the adjacent den to promote dialogue between the owners, and the other outward to experience the view. A deck was also added off of the kitchen and den to allow the owners to overlook and occupy the wooded landscape. ArchPlan’s design accommodated the owners’ talents, hobbies, and tastes, as well as their desire for close involvement in the design process.
Responsibilities: Archplan provided schematic design services