While the front meshes well with the community, in back the Mosleys saw the opportunity to deviate from a historically based appearance. "In light of the style diversity of the neighborhood, I figured that there was a place for our modern brown box as well," explains Ben. Consisting of a family room on the first floor and a master bedroom and bath upstairs, the addition―necessary to accommodate their expanding family―grew out of enclosing the Mosleys' former back porch. Keeping the horizontal cypress trellis of the porch, the couple installed storefront windows and sliding doors behind the thin members. Ben acted as his own general contractor and turned to friends Shelley Carder and James Murray for additional help.
Left: The Mosleys chose Trex, which is generally used as a decking surface, for the exterior siding. It's almost maintenance free. And yes, the slight waves in the siding are intentional.