This new residence is a response to the local vernacular which has become a blend of architectural styles that includes Arts & Crafts, Shingle Style, and some Victorian. All of these styles were combined to create a design that utilizes borrowed landscapes, panoramic view sheds, local symmetries, axial relationships, and exterior grade changes to incorporate the client’s challenging program requirements.
The design of the Main House was driven by the axial relationship of the rooms in plan and the relationship of those rooms to the exterior spaces. These spaces either had a central focal point, like the fireplace in the Family Room, or pushed out into the site to provide panoramic views and natural light similar to the Dining Room with its Covered Porch. The design was taken one step further by allowing the house to look like it was added onto over time.
The natural materials, stone veneer, tile roof, cedar shingles, along with custom doors and windows helped maintain the scale of the house. The stone base around the house was used as a horizontal design element keeping with the local style but also balanced out the vertical gable elements, like the Stair Tower, on the front façade. The Stair Tower, itself, became the start of the circulation process downwards, through the brick arcade, into the Art Gallery, and onward to the Office Barn or Indoor Pool, and finally out onto the Lower Lawn. Even the use of color became a design element that indicated various features on the exterior elevations while shades and sheens of white detailed the interior architecture.