Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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panorama of the Mayacamas mountains to the east. The ceiling is only about 9 feet high here, but the room benefits from the expan- siveness of the double-height living room it overlooks. The loft borrows welcome breezes and fresh air from below, aided by an adjacent stair topped by operable skylights and plenty of windows that open. Early in the morning when the vineyards are bustling with activity, the owner can enjoy his morning cup of coffee at a relaxing remove, high above it all. Sweet Symmetry A deep, shading porch wraps the public wing of the house, con- tinuing from the front around to the side and terminating just past the living room wall plane. Coming up the stair to the porch at the front of the house, visitors encounter a big window and a view straight through the living room to the rear. The front entry is actually to the left and passes into a foyer where space is compressed. "It's more of a traditional foyer," Amy notes. Turning and entering the living room provides the big "ah" moment of release. "The notion of sequence was important," she says. The orig- inal house had the porch stairs oriented directly in front of the entry. "Regardless of any formal architectural concepts going on, my basic consideration at all times was, 'How are we engaging with the view?'" Even so, Amy adds, "the project needed a certain amount of classic symmetry." That symmetry is most powerfully perceived in the living room. Doors and windows align as they should, and even the battens on the walls hit the perfect terminus at every Below: A pony wall holds the shower valve, so it can be turned on without getting wet. There's a mountain view just beyond the foot of the tub. Bottom: Special care was taken to frame the expansive views from the master suite. VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 63

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