Magazine article Sunset

Bringing the Front Door Forward ... with a New Skylighted Entry Hall

Magazine article Sunset

Bringing the Front Door Forward ... with a New Skylighted Entry Hall

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Bringing the front door forward . . . with a new skylighted entry hall

Handsome and problem-solving are adjectives that owners Patand Fred Woerner happily apply to their remodeled house in Sunnyvale, California. In the daytime, its 20-foot-long, barrelvaulted hall brightens the interior, including two new bedrooms. At night, it glows as it leads guests to what had once been the front door of the 30-year-old post-and-beam house.

Despite its good looks, the addition's real virtue is what it doesfor both visual and acoustical privacy. Before, an L-shaped plan (with the garage forward) left the front door and bedrooms open to view--and noise--from a busy street. Adding the center hall and the two bedrooms brought the rest of the house even with the garage front.

The key to effective noise control is to add mass and minimizeopenings facing the noise source. Mostly solid, the new exterior walls are penetrated only by fixed windows around the front door and by two narrow, double-glazed windows for the bedrooms. Although rooms open onto the hall, their sliding glass doors reduce noise penetration from the street and minimize heat loss or gain. …

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