Once tied to a rice plantation, a renovated farmhouse in Ritto becomes a bright family home.

The firm’s founder and principal architect Sumiou Mizumoto stripped away the house’s side extension.

Outside the Japanese city of Ritto in the central Shiga Prefecture, a 53-year-old rice plantation farmhouse was renovated to carefully balance old and new. Koka–based ALTS Design Office was careful to preserve the original interior and exterior heritage elements of the existing building as they worked to open up, brighten, and modernize the home.

The facade of the house in Ritto maintains traditional elements.

The facade of the house in Ritto maintains traditional elements.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

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This classic Japanese room would receive a thoughtful renovation.

This classic Japanese room would receive a thoughtful renovation.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

Before the renovation, the bedrooms lacked light and felt cramped.

Before the renovation, the bedrooms lacked light and felt cramped.

Courtesy of Kenta Kawamura

See the full story on Dwell.com: Before and After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift

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