Every home has its own special story and history and in some cases that story starts early on and has several distinct chapters. Some homes are older than they look while others are fresh and new. The story of this house from San Mateo, US starts in 2016 when studio Klopf Architecture decided it was time for the old structure that occupied the site to make room for a new and more modern one. Initially they showed an interest in preserving and using parts of the old house but the idea didn’t prove to be practical in any way. As a result, this L-shaped family home was built from scratch.
The new house fits the lot better and has a contrasting nature. On one hand the house respects the neighborhood and blends in with the other homes but on the other hand its unusual orientation (to the side rather than the rear) makes it stand out. A small backyard pool occupies most of the outdoor space. Further more, this multi-generation living space features a strong and visible connection between the indoor and the outdoor sections. This connection is ensured by full-height windows, large sliding glass doors and large and open spaces.