A seemingly nondescript 1960s era ranch house in Barton Hills was in need of simple space reconfiguration and expansion to update its plan to meet the needs of modern living. To add living space Sampley enclosed the existing carport, creating an expanded living room with generous windows that is simultaneously bright with natural light and private created by the custom etching that obscures direct views. A white oak accent wall creates a conceptual hearth of the house that can be seen from multiple vantage points and separates the living room from the kitchen and expanded private spaces to the rear. A new side entry creates a small mudroom space for the growing family.
The master bedroom wing was added to the rear of the house, perpendicular to the original footprint, forming an outdoor living space accessible from the bedroom as well as the dining room. A small study with a workspace overlooking the back yard connects the new wing to the existing house. The exterior with its exposed metal roof and board-and-batten siding gently contrasts the existing architecture without overwhelming it. A custom designed sliding cypress and steel panel provides both privacy to the master bedroom and adds a visual interest to the simple exterior palette.