FORTUNATO ARCHITECTURE NEWS
Fortunato Architecture has completed construction documents on a single story home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The proposed design will consist of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom second floor addition, complete first floor renovation and 200 sf family room addition with fireplace.
When the owners of an existing ranch house in Princeton, New Jersey wanted to update their existing home to a modern farmhouse, they reached out to Fortunato Architecture. To create the “Modern Farmhouse” look on the exterior white clapboard siding and black Andersen Windows were utilized.
The original interior plan had a sunken living room which was raised flush in order to created a large and inviting open space.
Vaulted ceilings were utilized throughout and kitchen relocation / renovation.
A new bedroom with a raised roof was added to the rear of the house to complete the transformation.
Bringing the outside in and inside out
In order to take advantage of a long backyard with a beautiful view, the current living area was dramatically transformed through the addition of a 1,600 square foot deck, an in-ground pool, as well as an entertainment ready patio with a built in outdoor kitchen.
To meet the requirement of bringing the the outside in, Daniel Fortunato replaced the existing double hung windows, with four two story windows at the corners of the great room.
Some of the additions and alterations required a high degree of technical know how and the application of clever solutions. For example, because the outdoor deck was constructed at a second level, a Trex rain escape system was incorporated to protect the entertainment area below the deck. A Trex spiral staircase was also installed to provide access to the entertainment and low voltage ground lighting.
On windy days, the original windows creaked; incorporated into the new windows design was a long, structural member to eliminate the movement that caused the creaking.
Future details will include decorative wood trusses across the ceiling as a unifying element between the natural world and the built environment, as well as to to help stabilize the existing structure.
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Fortunato Architecture, in collaboration with FCF Construction recently completed a deck rebuild. Timbertech decking with Azekexteriors for the fascia and Fastenmasterpro for all of our fasteners. Bluestone was installed at the stair landings. We look forward to see it landscaped this coming spring!