5,331 square feet
A site with unique geometry and topography, paired with a client’s balance of casual family and a more formal entertaining lifestyle inspired the design of this house. The site plan solution located the L-shaped home along the edges of the site to engage the steeper slopes, allowing for the level center area of the site to remain open. The plan is extended by a brick garden wall that defines a back courtyard and becomes an organizing element, setting up the entry sequence and separating the entry walk from the backyard.
Once inside the house, the leg of the “L” opens up to a casual family kitchen and living area. This plan solves the client’s wish that “no one will see my kids toys or my kitchen from the front door!” The long leg of the “L” utilizes the slope to allow for three levels: garage and guest room below, main living space in the middle, and bedrooms on top. The house conjures the spirit of older homes that have been added onto over time, with a juxtaposition of materials and character. Modern versus traditional. Sleek versus textured. Open and flowing versus more well defined.
Hugh Jefferson Randolph, AIA