Thursday, September 21, 2023

Updates to a House in the Woods

 This beautiful home sits on a wooded site alongside a meandering creek, but the existing narrow garage, a pesky center column, and a steep exterior stair provided challenges for accessing the home. The Project included expanding the existing two-car garage and replacing the stairs, railings, and decking of the expansive wrap-around porch. By eliminating the center pier and porch column between the two existing small single garage doors, and installing a new wide double garage door on the expanded garage, vehicular maneuvering was greatly improved. A new exterior stair with appropriate height risers, a new intermediate landing, and custom handrails, now leads to the wrap-around porch. The stair risers, stair treads, handrails, and porch decking are constructed of Ipe, a highly durable hardwood, that will provide a long-lasting place for the homeowners to enjoy the view.



Friday, September 1, 2023

New Garage and Outdoor Living

 RKA was excited to return to this project in Bexley and see it, and the Owner, flourishing. 

The existing garage of this residence did not serve the owner’s needs, and was in a deteriorating condition. The solution was a new, 1 1/2-story garage, with space for 2 cars, storage, and a studio, with a complimenting landscape between house and new garage. The Second Floor serves as the studio and work space for a local artist, utilizing a large dormer to increase space and bring in light and air.

The exterior of the garage is refined to be compatible with the existing house, but with modern detail. The roof forms and windows relate to the existing house, matching in pitch and proportion. As part of the overall site design, a shade structure, shaped to match a patio below, was designed to match the detailing of the garage, and mediate between building and landscape, to create a comfortable and welcoming outdoor living space. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Licking County Courthouse - West Courtroom Restoration

The Licking County Commissioners have retained Rogers Krajnak Architects for the design of the restoration of the West Courtroom in the Historic 1876 Licking County Courthouse in Newark, Ohio.  The project will include plaster repair, restoration of the murals, scagliola, historic light fixtures, finishes and furnishings, updates to the Judge’s chambers, and the integration of new lighting, AV, and HVAC systems.  RKA completed an initial Study for this restoration project in 2016.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

English Garden Greenhouse, Fireplace, and Patio

Twenty years after Rogers Krajnak Architects completed additions and renovations of this home, the owner commissioned RKA to transform the rear yard into an English Garden that features a new greenhouse, expanded patio, masonry fireplace, cedar fence, and planting beds. The curved stone-capped brick walls extend from the fireplace forming functional firewood niches, while providing an embrace for those that gather on the adjacent bluestone patio. These low brick walls also form the base of the walls of the classic garden greenhouse. The perforated upper section of the surrounding cedar fence allows passersby to enjoy the everblooming garden as they peek in from the nearby sidewalk.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

RKA Mid-Century Modern Renovation Nearing Completion

Construction is nearing completion on the Phase 1 Renovation for this Mid-Century Modern house, and custom cabinets have been installed.

As this Mid-Century Modern house had not been updated since its original construction, great care was taken to design new elements that relate to the existing house, and help preserve the house's historic character.

The Phase 1 construction now in progress includes a complete renovation of the kitchen and renovation of several adjoining spaces. By removing a wall, raising a ceiling in the Kitchen, and removing a folding partition, the central kitchen, dining, and pantry areas to flow together, and reinforce the existing connections to the rest of the house. New finishes, appliances, and a new layout of new custom cabinets update both the function and aesthetic of the central kitchen and dining space, while still being complementary to the original house. New LED lighting is installed throughout the house, to improve the existing lighting, and simplify maintenance. New finishes and cabinetry in the Laundry and Powder Rooms also update the house and improve function in these spaces.

The future Phase 2 construction of the project will include a Master Suite renovation and addition. You can see more about the project on our website here:

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