At Home: Architects Reimagine Family Bungalow in Alton

By Fadem, Susan | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), April 9, 2017 | Go to article overview

At Home: Architects Reimagine Family Bungalow in Alton


Fadem, Susan, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Talk about a surprise. Beyond an old-fashioned front porch and a siding-clad exterior all befitting an updated 1926 bungalow an unexpected marriage of clean lines, floating ceilings and a minimal color palette awaits.

To learn that homeowners Megan and Dave Myers met and earned their master's degrees at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is to begin to understand.

To discover that Megan is the fourth generation of her family to live in the formerly compartmentalized six-room house is to dig deeper still into the couple's layering of detail and light.

Plus, their ability to talk everything out, from the color cast by a lightbulb to whether the dining chairs should be all-white, as Dave wanted, or each a different hue, as Megan preferred. "Our relationship is based on compromise," he says.

Sure enough, four orange chairs and two white ones surround the table in their geometrically vaulted dining room.

Some "floating planes," as Dave describes their multilevel ceilings, camouflage ductwork. Others inject intrigue as they beckon visitors into the next space.

As her senior project in grad school, Megan took on on the computer and in printouts what actually became the total overhaul of the in-the-family home she and Dave purchased in 2004.

At the Wright school, hands-on learning, along with rethinking and collaboration, are encouraged. Dave, who began drawing as a child, offered drawn-out input. Megan, who early on adored puzzles and math, massively deliberated, researched and fine-tuned.

Other than install a linoleum kitchen floor, her grandmother, Helen Kaveler, did little to modernize the interior of the home, which still had the original two first-floor bedrooms and one bath. …

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