DESIGN TEAM: Eric Odor, AIA; Caitlin Dippo
SALA Architects Inc.

Driving Directions: From I-494 head south on E Bush Lk Rd (0.4 mi); right to stay on E Bush Lk Rd; right onto Highwood Dr (0.7 mi); right onto Rhode Island Ave S; right onto Rhode Island Cir. Destination is on the left.

This residence was built as a tract home in a developer’s cul-de-sac in the 1980s. It had most of its windows on the back and used solid half walls and stair rails, which made it light on the ends and dark in the middle.


The design team opened the drywall boxes that limited light, leaving only a series of vertical drywall planes and horizontal wood slabs that allow the light and views to pass and the space to flow. A plane of natural wood also slips onto the entry deck as a modest counterpoint and a foreshadowing of the updated interior.


The once cordoned off and crowded is now open and expansive, with the warmth and variety of the homeowner’s furniture and artwork reflected in the palette of transformation.


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