Hidden away in Menlo Park, California is this ranch-style home that was recently renovated in order to properly merge the indoors with the out.
From a cozy bungalow, the Terry & Terry Architecture team built the Bal House into a home that feels expansive and open all thanks to a well-placed addition in the rear garden.
A “transparent” hallway provides accessibility to the existing structure while allowing the garden to extend into the core of the house. This pulls the garden inwards, injecting the colours and feel of the outdoors into the core of the house.
Lest the home feel a little too cabin-in-the-woods with all its hardwood features, a much-needed pop of colour can be found in the kitchen. Additionally, steel accents update the all-around feel of the home.
At the front of the house, a steel bay window seat was put in for more of that outside/inside feel that brightens up the interior and still keeps it connected to its surroundings.
Further along the transparent hallway, the living area actually opens right up onto the deck making both spaces feel that much bigger, depending on which one you’re enjoying at the moment. As long as it’s sunny — and when isn’t it in California? — we always vote for the deck.