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DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: Andy Bowen's Mission Hills Remodel
DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: Andy Bowen's Mission Hills Remodel
This is the first of several articles that will feature the design work of KPAA’s principal architects.

For the remodel and addition of this Craftsman bungalow in San Diego, I had the chance to breathe new life into a charming (if neglected) house on a great view lot. I was able to restore and preserve the original windows and other details at the front of the house, but the back had been badly altered since 1913, the year the house was built. To design the rear elevation, I took inspiration from houses in the neighborhood as well as cedar-shingled houses I’d admired in eastern Long Island, NY.

The house had an enclosed porch off the rear with a very low ceiling (at upper right in “before” photo). One corner of this porch had a door leading to an exterior stairway and also a cramped, steep winding interior stair leading to a downstairs bedroom. The unattractive flat roof of the enclosed porch has been replaced with a gable roof that covers an airy and pleasant dining nook and an interior stair. A large sliding door with transom window now connects the mid-landing of this stair to an exterior stair leading to the patio below.

Relocating the exterior stairs (and moving some dirt around) made it possible to create a pleasant outdoor dining patio sheltered for privacy on three sides (at lower left in “after” photo). A bank of sliding French doors opens up the downstairs family/media room to this patio. All I’ve learned as a forensic architect at KPAA has served me well- 10 years after construction was completed, the home remains free of any moisture intrusion.



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