Lynn Tarrence calls the remodel of a 1952 Bayside ranch house an
inventive adaptation of Prairie Style. The design of the porch
overhang sets up whatís inside the home. Exterior finishes
include cedar and Hardie plank siding, limestone and Eldorado
stone veneer. Exterior lighting from Rejuvenation; landscaping
by Johnson Nursery.
As a newly minted
interior designer, Lynn Tarrence was big on ideas but short on
experience. Thatís when she had her biggest idea of all. Tarrence
decided to buy and renovate an "ugly house" to package her
talents and deliver the real-world experience she desired.
a team of subcontractors under the umbrella of her newly formed Egg
Design Group, and got to work gutting a 1952 red brick ranch in Bayside.
Any illusions of a
glamorous life as an interior designer were quickly dispelled. "You
have this idea of walking around with your portfolio under your arm and
some really cute clothes, but the reality is (youíre wearing) hoodies
and vests and boots and Wellies freezing your butt off," Tarrence
Todd Ovard of the
1128 Architectural Design Services worked with Tarrence on the
prairie-school influenced/midcentury modern design. Discussions with a
real estate agent drove the floor plan in order to create the flexible
spaces and amenities for modern lifestyles, such as aging in place.
Thereís also a master bedroom suite with private outdoor terrace, a
second-floor retreat that could do double-duty as a home office or
family room, and a library that could be used as a bedroom or home
people think of the possibilities," Tarrence says. "We wanted
to give people the ability to make the space their own. The whole idea
is that the design is for everyone."
project is without setbacks and Tarrence had her share, including a
major snowstorm when the entire middle of the house was gone. "I
shoveled snow out of the second floor, I was holding down tarps, buying
tarps, emptying snow off of tarps. It was a futile thing. I realized I
cannot control the weather and how powerless I really was."
She also learned
something about herself during the process. "I think itís changed
my focus. I found I really do enjoy the building process. I like the
fast pace. Itís taken my whole focus off Ďa sofa.í Those things
donít matter as much as that it has to work with a space."
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Manor House project, go to theeggdesigngroup.com
fireplace is faced with metallic porcelain tile, which is also
used on the stair landing, entries and laundry. The hearthstone is
a single piece of limestone. The wooden mantel is clear finished
Douglass fir, also used on the staircase to the second floor.
into the existing footprint of the house, Tarrence and her team
worked with the narrow kitchen layout to create a multifunctional
space loaded with modern amenities. Kitchen cabinetry and a
built-in banquette are custom-made quarter-sawn white oak.
Backsplashes are glass subway tile; counters are Cambria.
mudroom off the garage and nearby first-floor laundry accommodate
hardwood floors throughout and the use of color, texture and
repetition give the home a comfortable sophistication, Tarrence
master bedroom wing includes an en-suite bathroom with Kohler
fixtures, in-floor heat and private adjoining patio.
says the powder room is her favorite room in the house, due in
part to overcoming the structural constraints of the space but
also for its neutral, organic feel. The floating birch vanity goes
wall to wall to offer maximum storage and counter space. Vertical
placement of the tile backsplash and sconces visually balance the