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This Used to Be a 1970s Relic with a Woodpecker Problem

By Dwell @dwell
Torres Residence entry after renovation.

Architect Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz transformed the old entryway into a private courtyard, replacing the door and window with a sleek glass slider. She removed the fiberglass panels and constructed a reclaimed wood barrier to separate the sitting area from the new front door on the opposite side. A high concrete wall also encloses it. “I love that you can be right on the street without having any sense the street is there,” Schicketanz says.

Photo by Robert Canfield. Project  Torres Residence Architect  Studio Schicketanz

Finding undeveloped land in the idyllic Californian city of Carmel-by-the-Sea is next to impossible. So when architect Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz decided to leave rural Big Sur, where she had lived for 21 years, and move to town, she looked for a good lot with a house she could tear down. But when she found a two-bedroom built in 1972, she instead embarked on a massive renovation of the structure. The end result? A LEED Gold–certified urban hideaway that bows to its modernist history, while giving off a distinctly contemporary feeling.

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