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Classic 60’s Ranch Style Home Gets a Vivacious Contemporary Pool House

Giving a classic home a modern extension is a trend that is catching on across the globe and with contemporary makeovers the attempt is to always preserve the old and enhance it while adding modern ergonomics. The Los Altos Pool House takes a similar approach but with far more rigid constraints as the homeowners wanted to leave the ranch style structure of the original residence built in 1966 completely untouched. Enter Framestudio, who turned to a smart rear addition to get the job done. The new pool house with a lovely pool and gym area feels completely different in its ambiance from the original residence.

Glass walls bring ample natural light into the pool house during daytime

Yet, the cedar exterior of the pool house links it ever so slightly with the original residence and its neutral hue. The weathered cedar layer on the outside gives the polished pool house a warmer, more inviting look. Skylights and large, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors usher in ample natural light even as cedar rainscreens protect the pool area from harsh sunlight in summer months. Exquisite and borrowing extensively from hotel-inspired aesthetics, this pool house in California is an absolute showstopper! [Photography: David Wakely]

Skylights and operable rainscreens add another layer of ventilation to the stunning contemporary pool house in Los Altos
Slim and elegant design of the pool house
Weathered cedar exterior brings classic charm to the pool house
Cedar rainscreens and weathered cedar exterior of the pool house

The operable skylights and exterior pocket doors allow the space to be ventilated naturally on warm days. The exterior lap siding of the home was preserved inside the new space, and paired with new marine-grade plywood cladding, adding a rich textural visual experience. Linear LED lighting was recessed along the perimeter to wash the walls with illumination and highlight the plywood grain.

Contemporary Los Altos cabin sits snugly nest to the older home with different aesthetics
Sectional view of the pool house
Floor plan of Los Altos Pool House

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