A soaring terraced family room addition gave this midcentury home the space it needed

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By adding a soaring two-story terrace room, this house got the added space it needed, and a bold, fresh style it had never had.

The terraced family room/living room was a giant-tall recreation space that was really several rooms in one.

It was a room for partying as well as family living. The flagstone floor, sealed and waxed, was perfect for dancing. But it was also a resort for music and barbecuing, for wiener-roasting and marshmallow-toasting.

It was a place where, by virtue of its attractiveness, the children would bring their friends rather than go elsewhere. Yet it was also a place that could serve for more formal entertainment when required.

The upper level of the terrace room was a dining room — complete with a dumbwaiter.

Here’s how the retro remodel and addition looked from the outside:

Midcentury 1960s home terrace room seen from outside
To visually connect the home’s inside with the outside, the dining balcony continued straight through the glass to become an outdoor balcony.

Strong post-and-beam framing, a strikingly prowed roof, and floor-to-ceiling glass gave the structure its character.

Vintage home - terraced family room
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