House on the Park

Point Breeze, PA

This modest 2 1/2 story home was relatively unchanged since its construction in 1925. Its chief virtue was its location, backing on to scenic Frick Park in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh.

Expanding the home’s footprint and volume without overwhelming its modest scale and narrow lot presented many design challenges. We therefore carefully enlarged the size and form with a simple, continuous shed roof addition that spans from a new ridge beam to a broad south-facing overhang. Raising the roof ridge created a sunny third floor as well as a dramatic master bedroom under a sloped ceiling.

The owners acted as general contractor, and completed much of the labor themselves – from gutting the structure down to its frame, excavating the basement, insulating and air sealing to building the stone terrace against the park backdrop. The 2-1/2 story addition expands the home’s height and footprint from 1,400 sf to 2,400 sf. The project scope also included a fully renovated exterior, with a 21st century weather-tight envelope and high efficiency mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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