A Gift Unwrapped: Open Box House by Feldman Architecture

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This is a treat you don’t normally get: a glimpse of a project in its “before” stage. Even though there are only a couple of pictures here, they say a thousand words about the difference between this Open Box House before and after Feldman Architecture was able to transform it from its humble beginnings to the sleek, chic structure it is today. As the architects put it, they turned a “run-of-the-mill 1950s vinyl-clad box into a contemporary family home that takes advantage of its site.” And indeed it does; although the original house looked almost claustrophobic, with tiny windows that didn’t allow the owners to enjoy the panoramic views all around the home, now the vistas are a breathtaking improvement.

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More than the exterior “view” was impacted, too: some interior walls have been removed to make the house plan more “open.” This new plan revolved around a new kitchen and expansive glass that allows those views to become part of the house décor as well. Previously, the lower floor was unfinished; now it has a sparkling new entry, reached by broad stepping stones and edged by plantings. Also new are a guest suite and a family room with sliding glass doors connecting it to the newly-landscaped back yard, complete with a raised deck and pink lounge chairs! “Open box” is indeed a good way to describe this clean-lined redo with its emphasis on wood, glass, and space: the house has been opened up just like a gift, to reveal a whole new world within and without.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).