Dutch Delight

Designed by Bryan Anderson

with Brittny Roberts, Jessica Wilder, Caitlin Dippo and Rod Varh

Described by its inhabitants in an early meeting as “a house of small spaces,” this Dutch Revival in the Whittier neighborhood was subtly expanded and extruded to add a little space, and much delight, to its 28-by-28 footprint. The unique cross-gambrel roofline inspired our team to extend the form into the backyard, repairing visual access and connection to the rear yard, while satisfying current setback requirements. Failing porches at the front and back were replaced with conditioned spaces that expand the 800 square-foot main level by almost 40% with bright and comfortable uses that engage both street and backyard. Upstairs, the owners gained a private bath and walk-in closet by pushing their light-filled primary bedroom out and over an expanded kitchen and informal gathering space. The extended cross-gambrel dormer feels right at home with the existing roof, as if it had always been. Only the recessed porch entry, oversized corner window, and flat-capped dormers hint at the airy and expansive transformation within.

Construction by Terra Firma Building and Remodeling
Photography by Troy Thies