Earlier today I was clicking through Instagram photos until I saw the photo above. I stopped and took notice. I thought to myself "Self, this could work in Key West". I clicked back through the link and found the Instagram feed for the designers of this property. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this property and other projects of chensuchartstudio.
I borrowed a few photos from the designers which show the concept, framing, wrapping, and finally the completed addition. This home was built in Arizona which is high desert and does not have the heavily seasonal rains we get in Key West. The house has no gutters nor water diversion that I can see. It is the concept of twin-like additions with a combination of wall to wall and floor to ceiling glasss doors and windows that just that awed me.
The first photo shows the framing of the addition at the rear of a twentieth century bungalow that looks to be about 900 square feet in size. The original gabled roof off the living room was extended to provide a large covered patio. The new wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling doors and windows were added at the rear of the living room. The new master bedroom addition was similarly framed and has a wall of windows and door opening to a private covered rear patio. A separate large window has views out toward the common area.
In Key West a pool would be placed where the dog in the photos is napping. A pool or fire pit would require a lot deep enough to comply with building code setbacks. Many Old Town lots are too small to allow a pool of any size. Lots in other parts of the city are often 5,000 sq ft and larger and might work well with this kind of renovation. Fixer houses on lots large enough to do a project like this would be over $500,000. Add the cost of renovation and pool installation the finished property would be around a million dollars. That's not bad for Old Town or Casa Marina. But the renovated house would be over-priced in other parts of Key West. Regardless, I would love to see someone do a project like this. It looks awesome.
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