Johnston, RI

This classic American modern residence was built to designs for Better Homes and Gardens’ 1958 “Five Star Home #2807.” The house has remained in the family of the original owner and is now being reinterpreted for contemporary needs. The design of this project called for balance between mid-century versus contemporary treatments and the original open floor plan versus the need for privacy.

A simple new volume hovers over the carport and is designed to complement the proportions and horizontal orientation of the original. The exterior cladding of European composite panels was decided after multiple iterations of colors and textures.

The owner’s need for greater clear height in the carport created both challenge and opportunity for vertical circulation. DUAL designed a 90-degree-turn stair that connects the existing foyer and basement stair to the new addition, moving through an unexpectedly dramatic slot of vertical space, lit by new clerestory windows.


The location on a hillside adjacent to a pond required landscape and civil modifications for environmental approval, while the floating mass required close coordination on structural framing, column footings and moment connections. The exterior rainscreen panels and low-slope roof mandate careful detailing and robust collaboration with the contractor.


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