A contemporary residential renovation/addition to accommodate an expanding family, facilitate a modern lifestyle, and establish a strong connection with the natural assets on the property. The project involved six major design moves:
1. Paving strips that connect the front meadow, visitor parking and entry with back patio, fire pit, and private pond. The pattern is carried through the home- echoed in the tile pattern of the kitchen, master bath, and private court.
2. Large sliding glass window systems in critical locations to provide a visual and direct physical connection between the interior and exterior.
3. Light shaft and new stairs that open up living spaces and connect the first and second floors. The shaft is terminated with a series of operable skylights that flood the center of the home with natural light and allow hot air to escape through replacement with cooler air from the perimeter windows.
4. Master suite addition with master bath, courtyard with outdoor shower, and master closet with window seat.
5. Kitchen renovation that flows out to a covered patio and fully equipped outdoor kitchen.
6. Perhaps the most dramatic feature — a guest suite that hovers under an 80-year-old live oak tree.
All the new additions are clad with an ipe rain screen that keeps direct sun from hitting the exterior walls, therefore reducing solar heat transmission.