At Piedmont Heights large and small scaled spaces within spaces have been assembled almost like building blocks – yet a closer inspection reveals the beautiful, subtle transition from living, through dining, and kitchen spaces. A two-story wall on the main floor displays the television, fireplace, media cabinet and artwork within a single design element. The deep sculptural openings also guide your view up into the tree canopy and modulate the western sun – and deftly avoids views of the neighboring house.
A high level of sophistication and strong clean lines define discrete, yet open areas within the home. A second-floor perch is a comfortable place for reading with an overview of the living area below, extended outdoor vistas, and creates an intimately scaled window seat as part of the living room.
It began as a place separate from the main estate house, a place for the owner to display his hunting “trophies” from around the world. During design, it transformed into the ultimate man-cave, suitable for masculine fellowship of the highest order. It is all about creating fun and memories with late night poker games and long discussions by the fireplace.
This “modern cabin” is strongly tied to rural, vernacular precedent. The traditional panelized barn siding has been recast as a modern rain screen exterior. The metal gable roof evokes the simplicity of a farm structure or outbuilding. The white frame of the double height space accentuates the connection to nature and the verticality of the trees.
Sagamore House updates the prototypical 60’s ranch house. Featured in Sarah Susanka’s “Inside the Not-So-Big-House” because it leverages the idea what is needed is better space, not more space. The public areas open and interconnect into a livable suite of spaces. The small addition at the rear provides a few critical square feet for the kitchen and gives the house its signature element. The hovering planes, expansive glass and bold color connect the house to nature; it is a garden folly embedded into the existing ranch house that anchors the rear landscape. The chartreuse color harmonizes with the natural greens of hostas, Japanese maple trees, ajuga, sweet potato vine and other plantings.
A modest three story tower house captures mountain living in a simple way. With bedrooms on the lower two floors, the top floor living space is open on all four sides with distant views across the valley or intimate views into the surrounding trees and mountain laurel.
Outdoor decks provide a variety of places to enjoy nature. The entry deck is close to sloping ground plane and in the shadows of sheltering trees. The master deck is small, intimate and shaded by the deck above as it hovers among the foliage. The living room desk is open to the sky and view to mountain ranges beyond.