Honorable Mention, Additions & Renovations

Small-scale renovation honored for sustainability and a smart use of existing space

Take a 50-year-old ranch, a modest budget and a strong desire to make the most of both—all while creating an open-plan home suitable for a modern family. No stranger to challenging projects, Mahdad Saniee, AIA, of Saniee Architects in Greenwich was up to the task. The program called for adding 1,000 square feet to the existing 2,000, while reusing most of what was already in place. By making significant enhancements to the house, its usability and energy consumption, Saniee achieved his clients’ desires with more than a measure of success. The budget dictated that they maximize living space under the existing volume of the house and keep the addition in check so the overall geometry had to remain substantially the same. Washburn jurors called it a  “nice make-over, good design on a modest budget.” The architect selected exterior materials with weathering in mind, and transformed the interior by opening rooms, introducing natural light (and adding new high performance insulation). Simple detailing visually “rescaled” the walls and low ceilings. The kitchen is a light, bright modern marvel; the jury loved it. Said Saniee: “This project is an example of an effective reuse, reclamation and transformation of an existing low-performing house into a new and greener traditional home with mass appeal, all within an affordable budget.”

 

Saniee Architects, LLC
36 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich
(203) 625-9308
sanieearchitects.com
 

Honorable Mention, Additions & Renovations

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