Sycamore House

Chapel Hill, NC

General Contractor: Clark Poe – Clark Poe Construction

Photos: © Arsalan Abbasi

The desire for open-plan living, larger spaces, and extensive natural light led to the total transformation of a fifties ranch for a young family relocating to Chapel Hill. The existing envelope provided enough area to meet the family’s needs, but the building’s condition and layout called for a total rethinking and complete renovation. The new design addresses issues of adjacency, room size, circulation, natural light, storage, energy efficiency and deferred maintenance. The addition of windows and skylights, new decks, energy efficient systems, and a bold exterior color converted an outdated ranch into a home for 21st century living.

A panoramic view of the bright open living space with cathedral ceilings, built-in book shelves, warm wood floors and large windows
A cozy screened porch feels nestled among the trees with a covered deck connecting to the bedroom
The house glows from within at dusk, surrounded by a lush garden and trees