The residence features a fully rebuilt south façade comprised almost entirely of oversized sliding glass panels. It connects directly with the backyard through this façade, engaging with a newly added linear pool, hot-tub and freshwater pond via large outdoor covered patios.
Originally designed and built in 1952, the residence’s iconic features included a deep mono-pitch roof overhang with two wing walls dividing outdoor patios for public and private functions. These design elements were not only iconic, but functioned as passive elements in a sustainable strategy providing shade to the residence’s south façade.
A renovation of the residence undertaken in the 1990s removed these iconic features and expanded the interior envelope of the building to include the previous patio spaces. A building once in harmony with nature was now fighting against it. Without passive shading a second HVAC system had to be added to keep a modest 2,300 Sf. home at a livable temperature.
The current restoration completed in 2016 restores these iconic elements by extending out from the existing footprint. The restored overhanging roof and wing-walls return to work as both passive sustainability features and key elements in a spatial sequence of public and private spaces that merge the indoor and outdoor.
In combination with a fully redesigned southern façade comprised of full height sliding glass panels, the new overhang blocks harsh summer sun while allowing for the sun to heat the residence passively throughout the winter.
When needed, the residence now features a high efficiency HVAC system that is partially powered by solar panels located on the roof.
An up-lit beam gently divides the Living/Dining room from the kitchen.
This detail is inspired by an alternate detail for the same location included by Curtis and Davis in their original Construction Documents. With the light functioning as room divider, the space is fully opened to allow for a more contemporary style of life.
Exterior brick walls are left exposed throughout the residence.
The same contemporary minimalist aesthetic continues throughout the house.
The master bathroom features two custom designed walnut clad vanities as well as a custom designed mirror and recessed mirrored and illuminated medicine cabinets.
A fully glazed door (obscured by curtains) leads to a private master garden with outdoor bathtub and shower on the side of the residence.
The repositioning of the Master suite to face into the backyard and engage the patios along the south façade fulfills the original master-planned intent for the residence.