Situated on a large parcel, the home was constructed in the 1990s and oriented in a way that gave the house’s footprint room to grow. The original house was 1,500-square-feet, two-bedroom with one and a half bathrooms. Changes were made throughout the years: an ADU garage conversion for a family member, patio conversion into a sunroom, garage conversion into a primary bedroom and laundry room, and the addition of a primary bathroom and closet. What remained was a desire to have a formal entry, dining room, and living room. The north-facing wall of the two-story home was solid stucco; however, the interior structure was framed to allow an addition down the road.
Knowing the family’s needs would change as the years progressed, the Lenton’s desired a single-story addition to be used as a family gathering space, living area and dining room adjacent to the kitchen. A variety of natural woods were planned, and the ceiling pitched. A new entry was designed to face north.
The 717-square-foot addition connected to the main house through the pre-framed door when the house was constructed. A fireplace and natural wood hearth provide warmth and a focal point within the living area. Wood flooring throughout gives a continuous flow between the family area and dining space. Outdoors, concrete walkways surrounding the addition included ramps to accommodate a wheelchair that allows the home’s occupants and extended family mobility and accessibility to gracefully live in the home as long as possible.
In the words of the Lenton’s, “We always knew the addition would give us functional living space, while adding to our home’s story. Even the coffee table has quite a tale to tell. The tree stump was purchased by Rob’s mother on a trip to Yosemite long ago. We inherited it and repurposed it into a coffee table to complete the living space.”