Bal House in San Mateo County, Menlo Park Building, Property Design, Contemporary Architecture Images

Bal House Menlo Park

Modern San Mateo County Property in San Francisco Bay Area design by Terry & Terry Architecture, USA

Oct 29, 2015

Bal House in Menlo Park

Design: Terry & Terry Architecture

Location: Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States of America

Conceived for a retired couple, the open and accessible design integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a well-lit domestic extension. Comprised of two floating volumes, the addition formally designates the bedroom to the west and the main (common) space to the east.

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The two wings gradually diverge from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between. This void space pulls the garden inwards, injecting elements of the outdoors into the core of the house.

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The bedroom wing/volume, which is located on the west side of the house encompasses the existing bedroom volume which was extended toward the rear in the form of a wood tube to accommodate an additional bedroom. This bedroom volume opens out to the garden.

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The second volume, which comprises the main space, houses the kitchen, dining and media areas. The east wood wall plane of the main space folds onto two concrete walls to form the main roof plane. The main space produces large transparent openings or voids that open out onto a deck at the rear garden.

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The main roof plane extends forward to form the carport roof near the front of the property. A garden concrete wall stretches out from the media room toward the garden adjacent to a rear ramp and forms part of the cantilevered bench that echoes the concrete wall material in the main space.

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The original structure, which houses the music room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, was retained and renovated. A new steel bay window seat was inserted at the front bedroom to replace a small existing window. The front entry porch was extended and rebuilt with hardwood decking connecting to the new driveway.

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The fireplace chimney was reconstructed and, along with the carport storage volume, was skinned with recycled epdm rubber. A new hallway/ passage and wood skinned storage wall were designed into the core of the structure to engage and connect the materiality of the new addition with the existing structure.

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This project has won numerous honor and merit awards from several AIA chapters, one just recently from the AIA San Francisco chapter as well as other design awards from SPARK and Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA).

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Terry & Terry Architecture prides itself on its ability to combine innovative architectural theory and practice. The partners, Alexander and Ivan Terry, each have over twenty years of experience, offering both design concepts and professional production services in architecture. Terry & Terry Architecture aspires to improve the quality of life through design excellence– thus exploring design challenges at all levels, from furniture design to urban design with a focus on innovation in response to changing conditions.

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Bal House in Menlo Park – Building Information

Project: Bal House
Location: Menlo Park, California
Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
Project Team: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Matt Bisset
Project Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc. San Francisco
Completion Date: July 2011
Contractor: Timberline Construction
Project Area: 2000 sq. Ft.

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General Specifications
Structural system:
Cast in place Concrete, Wood/steel frame

Exterior cladding
Concrete: Bode Concrete, San Francisco
Wood: Ipe wood Cladding

Built-up roofing: Dibiten Roofing

Aluminum: Fleetwood USA Window and Doors
Bay Window: Custom Fabrication TTA

Glass: Tempered Frameless Glass Panels
Skylights: Custom

Wood doors: Custom Manufactured Interior doors
Sliding doors: Fleetwood USA Window and Doors

Locksets: Omnia
Pulls: Hafele
Cabinet hardware: Hafele

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Interior finishes:
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom Cabinets
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore, Penofin Verde
Paneling: Ipe wood strip

Grohe Faucets, Toto toilets

Interior ambient lighting: Tobias Grau
Downlights: Contrast Recessed Lighting
Exterior: Lumiere Lighting

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Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Bal House in Menlo Park images / information from Terry & Terry Architecture

Location: Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States of America

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