It is always rewarding when clients fully engage in the design process. I believe the design process is a thoughtful collaboration between the architect and client. Julieann and Keven Shanahan were engaged in the process and were essential to the development of the early concept of this multi-stage project. The Shanahans would give us feedback and we would react to it. It was very much the dialogue and the clients’ vision that led us to the successful end result.
The structures created different worlds for different seasons. From the basement renovation to the pool house, to the cabana, to a winter gathering place – all were creations of cozy family living spaces in very different environments. The one message we received clearly is that the Shanahans enjoy gathering with family and friends. Whether around a table enjoying an al fresco meal prepared in close proximity, gathering around a fire pit on a cool summer evening, or a cozy winter night enjoying a warm fire and a spectacular view from a tree house perspective, the essence of all of this was having entertainment spaces appropriate and comfortable for each season that provide their own unique experiences and settings.