This residence’s brief was direct – create a modern, resort-like forever home for a professional couple. Two uncomplicated forms sit effortlessly atop a concrete foundation on a steep and narrow site. These forms belie an open interior that contains ample amounts of light-filled public and private space, centered around an intimate pool terrace. Structure plays a key role, as the home expresses how it was built, and materials were chosen for durability and tactility.
This new home is located in an older, intown neighborhood made up of closely spaced traditional homes with large front porches and steep gabled roofs. Knowing that the massing and materiality of this home would be different, five subtle steps were taken to ensure that this home would fit right in. First, by using the grade change to our advantage, most of the lower level is concealed into the site. Second, most of the program was designed for the lower and main level, which allowed the upper level to be relatively modest in size, thus reducing the roof line. Third, the entry to the home is pulled back from the street the same distance as other homes, and a series of floating concrete steps gently flow up to the front door in a similar fashion as approaching a neighboring front porch. Fourth, along the sidewalk, a series of stepped planting beds provide a low-height pedestrian friendly transition from the street to the edge of the house. Fifth, a variance allowed the home to be built closer to the sidewalk on the long side of the site, matching a distance commonly found throughout the neighborhood. The result is a home that is clearly a contemporary addition on the block yet respects the fabric of the street and the neighborhood in its scale and proportions.