Although it is large by some standards (3300 s.f.), it does not feel imposing; a nod to the spirit of the neighborhood’s disappearing ranch houses.
The home’s clustered program creates multiple scale-appropriate zones of activity for the empty-nester clients: open common spaces, smaller private spaces, master suite or “cottage”, rear yard for entertaining, side yard to catch morning light, and lastly a motor court for extended entertaining + functional hard space. All of these combine to create a home with layered views, multidirectional natural lighting, and a complete inclusion of all outdoor spaces into the daily experience of the homeowners.
Repeating design elements across the home reinforce the casual-while-structured aesthetic. For example, the breezeway between the main house + workshop gives verticality and a “sense of place” to the rear yard. The stacked stone, exposed steel structure + wood elements of the breezeway repeat to its companion “bridge” connector from the main house to the cottage. Pulling the cottage away from the main house creates an outdoor living area between the two. Similar elements appear yet again in the main living space as we also define the dining program space with steel, wood, + a plaster cylindrical column. These materials add texture, both visual + tactile, to the space.
As a new addition to the Garden Oaks neighborhood, this home exemplifies how an architect can create a casual lifestyle within the context of contemporary design, site appropriateness, and livable scale.