Over time, even the best of home renovations wear out and show their age, leading to everything from outdated looks, to increased energy costs. New renovation on additions to the original home, especially ones that were put in several decades previously can be a trial for any architect, but when the call came in to update this Sixties Solarium style home, the team at Gardner Mohr Architects proved that they were more than capable of taking on the challenge.
The home, originally built in 1929, saw it’s most recent modification in 1969, with the addition of new solarium elements meant to modernize the home and make use of it’s natural surroundings.
These elements provided the home with an abundance of natural light, and sweeping views of the surrounding Rock Creek Park, but the poor quality materials and degradation of the construction left the home with serious heating and cooling issues.
The team at Gardner Mohr Architects was brought in to complete a full renovation of the house, bringing the energy consumption into hand, and rehabilitating the outdated elements of the 60’s era construction.
New elements were worked into the home during the reconstruction, including brand new insulation and mechanical systems to improve heating and cool costs, and a new radiant floor heating system.
Natural cross ventilation was used in the space, with air being drawn in low, and naturally rising to be expelled in the high ends of the home by way of the 11 skylights that were installed.
New doors, windows and additional skylights were also installed to make full use of the natural light not only in the solarium portion of the abode, but throughout bother the upper and lower levels.
This further reduced energy consumption by limiting the need for light fixtures during the day.
The renovation met the goals of energy conservation, and provided a much needed update to bring the house into the modern era.
Special thanks to Gardner Mohr Architects for providing the quotes and photography for this story. If you would like to learn more about the Sixties Solarium home, Gardner Mohr Architects, or any of their other amazing projects, please visit their website, Gardner Mohr Architects.