A front addition to a quintessential ranch home, with remodeled kitchen and family room

Palo Alto Ranch Addition/Remodel

Starting with a quintessential ranch style home that had some recent remodeling, our assignment was to study a front addition that would mitigate a porch with 6’+ clear height and a front family room that sloped down to a 4′ high knee wall facing the street.

Our solution involved a front addition that rebuilt the 4′ street wall and 6′ high porch under a gently sloping gable. A vaulted room nested within this gable contains the remodeled kitchen, breakfast nook and family room.

The entry tucks under a portion of this new gable, defined by a generous portal capped by a salvaged wood beam.

Care was taken to harmonize with the existing structure, with ceiling heights accommodating today’s open concept floor plans but not overwhelming the lower scale existing spaces. Existing industrial metal sash windows were reused and new windows installed to match.

  • Scope of Work:¬†Remodel of kitchen, family room and foyer areas of the home (750 S.F.); addition to family room at front of the home (42.6 S.F.); addition of new front porch (100.8 S.F. area not counted toward floor area, open on two sides); existing roof over kitchen, family room and foyer to be removed and replaced with a new vaulted ceiling/roof.
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Project Cost:¬†$200,001 – $500,000
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA


Photography by Mark Pinkerton, VI360 Photography


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