This home, originally designed by James Chiarelli in the late 1940s, expresses an appreciation for the painter Mondrian. A recent remodel and expansion of the small house upholds the Mondrian style. The original shed roof extends to shelter a new master bedroom. A portion of the roof pitches up to provide a broad view to the secluded back yard. The new, larger kitchen cabinets were laid out in an asymmetric design and stained in soft northwest color.
As Susan Boyle of Docomomo explains, "the new design work acknowledges Chiarelli's original vision and complements it with a contemporary kitchen and master bedroom/bathroom addition." The current house demonstrates how contemporary life can be accommodated within a historic dwelling while preserving its essential character and originality.