Here at OGLLC, we firmly believe in the concept of working creatively with what we’ve got – rather than starting from scratch every single time. In other words, we aim to incorporate existing traits into new design, and we love the challenge of allowing old and new to coexist. And thrive. Ultimately, this allows us to create more unique projects with less waste, and it has come to fruition beautifully in several different projects we’ve worked on.
A more recent, bolder examples of this concept, the Canyon Drive Poolhouse is a striking take on how modern design can pair beautifully with the look of a more traditional ranch home. In this case, instead of trying to blend the two looks, we built the addition in a way that creates an entirely new aesthetic, a standing juxtaposition of old and new.
The Michigan co-living project serves too as a demonstration of how old can augment new in a unique way. In this case, we incorporated an existing home into a brand-new development. By using a shared color palette and a similar building shape we’re able to blend the old and the new in a way that is subtle, rather than striking, but also beneficial to the architecture and users alike.
Lastly, the Borthwick Victorian showcases how a building built just before the 20th century can be remodeled and celebrated while maintaining some of its original flair. In this case, OGLLC incorporated brand-new custom steel frames around Marvin windows into the original stacked stone foundation. By carrying the steel framing through all of the window and door openings, a continuity of style is created that literally connects the new into the old.