The McKenna Residence incorporates the renovation of an existing “ranch” style home into a new masterplan for the property. A new wing houses the Master Bedroom and Great Room while the renovated older wing accommodates kids’ bedrooms and recreation areas. The existing pool was also retained in the overall design.
The McKenna addition is yet another instance of Strang’s early work hinting at the Florida vernacular while also incorporating modern elements. In this case, a structural framework of exposed, poured-in-place concrete is expressed as a further evolution of the strategy Strang used in the Tanner Residence. Later projects, however, will often not be as overtly structurally expressive, with Strang favoring a hybrid approach for handling a home’s structure and envelope.