Restoration & Additions to Anglo-Caribbean House - Palm Beach, Florida

This house was originally built in the 1930s by Marion Sims Wyeth. The project  consisted of a gut renovation, partial reconstruction and the addition of a second  story over part of the house and the garage. The addition at the house is above a wing running East-West flanking a walled front courtyard at the entrance. The front door entered a veranda which led to the actual house door. This was expanded to a two story “piazza” in the manner of a Charleston single house. Great care was taken in preserving the sea grape tree which shades these “piazzas”. Also upper balconies were added to allow for outside circulation to the bedrooms on that floor. The center mass running North-South which defines the front court was widened and has French doors on both sides forming a semi-transparent room which serves as the dining room not unlike that of a Roman house. The kitchen wing is on the far side of this room screened off by a bank of jalousies which conceal a bar and appliances find storage in the kitchen on the other side. The goal was to produce a completely new house that respects the original architect’s intent while updating and upgrading the house to contemporary expectations. 

 

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