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A Mid-Century Ranch Adds New Addition Plus Renovation
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The Bal House is an existing mid-century ranch house in California’s Menlo Park that was renovated and had a single-story addition added to it. A retired couple hired Terry & Terry Architecture to open up the interior and create a light-filled extension.

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The new addition includes two floating volumes that come together at the original structure via a glass-clad fissure. One houses a bedroom and the other is the main living space. The wooden tube-like volume extends out to make way for the additional bedroom, which now opens up to the garden.

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A large deck off the main volume features a cantilevered concrete bench that echoes the concrete wall it’s adjacent to.

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The curved, glass surrounded void gives the illusion that the outdoors is actually inside.

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The original, two-bedroom, one-bathroom structure was kept but renovated. This new steel window is a modern version of a bay window.

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Photos by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of v2com.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.