This project was an ambitious transformation of a historic duplex bungalow in the downtown Helena BID. The space had been altered to a commercial bungalow in the 80’s. The design was dated and ill suited for the needs of the client. The new owner of the building required a more dynamic space that was fully integrated for single commercial occupancy. To this end, all bearing walls on the main level were removed during the demolition phase of the project. The resulting beam grid was used to establish points of reference for other architectural components and created an opportunity for an open flow.
The project was completed in conjunction with the design work of Anna Lindstrand of Mosaic Architecture located on downtown on Last Chance Gulch.
The exterior emphasis was place on maintaining the historic character of the building while adding a more commercial feel to the front façade. The two porch roofs were temporarily supported while the porch structures were removed and rebuilt with classic styling. A rough sawn concrete form created a wood embossed site wall that seats a new ADA ramp that travels between the porches. The new steel handrails and guardrails coupled with the glulam stair assemblies create a nice commercial contrast with the bungalow exterior.
Although the interior was fully gutted, the original white oak and fir floors were patched and refinished. Interior finishes include bamboo and aluminum wall panels, modernized historically influenced hardwood trims, predominately white walls and trim with bright accent walls, smooth wall drywall, LED lighting, and a wrap around ‘L’ shaped half glass call center.
The integrity and efficiency of the space were drastically improved.
The desks, cabinets, countertops, conference table, and recessed barn style doors were all made from bamboo plywood and apple-core maple ply with exposed polished edges.