Raising the Roof

Perched on a hillside in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton is a new residence that sits on top of a pre-existing garage. Childress and Cunningham Architect’s expertise in dealing with constrained or difficult sites was critical to facilitate this transformation.

The original three bay garage gave up one of its bays to become utility space and a welcoming entry foyer. Above, the residence enjoys the benefits of its tall structure, inviting lots of light through many windows into its open and airy living spaces, and capturing peaceful, natural views of nearby wooded areas while looking over the busy street below. Upper floors are deeper than the original garage, stepping up the natural slope.

The second floor hosts two exceptionally large bedroom suites with en-suite baths and deep walk in closets. Each bedroom also features expansive glass areas to take in views and light.

The overall form of the home is compact and maximizes internal volume, relying on a flow through open rooms to keep circulation spaces like hallways to a minimum. This plan efficiency also translates into energy efficiency, due to the continuous insulation wrapping the exterior.

Do you have a site with some unusual constraints or an existing structure that you would like to see integrated or remodeled? Childress and Cunningham can show you the possibilities!