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LemonDrop Addition (a.k.a “Citrus Manor”)

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor front view | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

The original “LemonDrop” house was expanded from 720sf to 1550sf to provide a master bedroom and bath, dining space, family lounge, and home office, as well as front and back porches and a roof deck. Use of energy efficient building design and change to higher efficiency water heating has lowered the total utility bills by an average of $40 per month (even with more than twice the space). The expanded home is also brighter and more thermally comfortable.

Here are some before photos:

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor front view before | Photo by Parie Hines  LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor back view before | Photo by Parie Hines

While the new front porch is a light-handed approach to changing the front of the house, the two story addition in the back is a more dramatic change. (If you look closely you can see the corner of the existing house on the right side of the photo below.)

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor back view | Photo by Parie Hines

The newly expanded home has been renamed “Citrus Manor” and has a cheerful citrus color scheme throughout the new light-filled interiors. A view of the dining room, with fireplace and master bedroom beyond:

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor dining room view | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

With a tight budget, the design focused on affordable green building strategies, such as:

  • Passive solar shading to allow winter sun to warm the house, but block summer sun
  • Stained concrete floor to provide thermal mass to modulate temperature swings
  • Well-placed windows and a double-height space to encourage cross ventilation
  • Green (vegetated) roof to provide insulation, natural stormwater management, acoustic buffering, and bird habitat
  • Space-efficient floor plan to maximize use of space
  • Energy-efficient walls and windows help to maintain a comfortable inside temperature
  • Hard surface floors, such as natural linoleum, concrete, and wood, to provide an easily cleanable home to avoid allergy and asthma
  • Non-toxic paints, stains, sealers, caulks, and adhesives to create a healthy indoor air quality
  • New wood cabinetry constructed locally with no added formaldehyde and with non-toxic adhesives and finishes
  • Salvaged slate chalkboards used for countertops

The new “fireplace room” is the center of the home. In the right photo below, you can look back towards the original house — the pass through window is in the former back wall of the house.

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor fireplace room view | Photo by Holli with an i Photography  LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor view towards kitchen | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

The master bedroom is compact and cheerful. Inexpensive built in shelves around the fireplace add functional storage as well as visual interest.

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor bedroom 1 | Photo by Holli with an i Photography  LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor bedroom 2 | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

And a small roof deck adds a space for outdoor entertaining.

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor roof deck | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

And, the office loft upstairs is a bright, window-filled space — an inspiring and productive space for the LD Arch Design office.

LD Arch Design: Citrus Manor office loft | Photo by Holli with an i Photography

Citrus Manor Remodel Photo Gallery

Roll over for more information and click to see a slideshow view. Photos by Holli with an i Photography unless noted otherwise.

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