Flow into Nature

Virgina Beach, VA

Type/ Residential
Time/ 2019-20
Client/ Private
Status/ Under Construction

Every renovation project is like a dialogue with the existing building. When the existing building has its own character and features, the dialogue will be more inspiring. The full renovation of this Mid-Century Modern house built in 1951 is one of the most interesting dialogues we had.

This house is a lovely mid-century modern home on a corner lot near the oceanfront. It is a nonconforming lot to today’s zoning standard. The zoning study indicates a critical challenge - the actual area able to build on was much smaller than what client initially planned - adding a first-floor master suite, as well as a swimming pool.

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Starting with a Vision Workshop, we successfully explored two possible design directions and settled on a layout that reconfigures the existing floor plan and creates a master suite with a view of the pool. The key was to create a smooth flow from the main common area to the lower level family room and continue to the pool and outdoor living in the backyard. The exterior façade renovation also reflects the spaces inside, which is the essence of the mid-century modern design. In many cases, the reason that an existing space does not work is not because of being too small, but being not optimized and well designed.

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Before & After



Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2
Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2
Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2