Laurel Hill Drive Addition & Renovation, Chapel Hill, NC
||The challenge: add a ground-floor master bedroom suite yet respect the architectural character, light and views, and other beloved qualities of a seventy-five year old one-of-a-kind Italianate house on the edge of the UNC Campus.
The site required that the addition should be located on south side of the main house, attached to the living room. In order to preserve the luminous quality of that remarkable space (windows and French doors ring the room, providing light and views on all four sides), GS Architecture conceived the addition as a discrete cottage, linked to the house by a bright and airy breezeway that also provides access to the garden terrace.
The design appropriates architectural elements and motifs that occur in the original house, A segmented arch that can be found (among other places) in the bedroom wall refers to the proscenium arch that bisects the living room (the original owner was the chairman of UNC’s drama department), French doors and new mouldings replicate those in the original house.