It’s every architect’s dream to design his own home. I finally got my chance in 1996 after many years of searching for the right lot at the right price. We started with a south facing sloped lot in a wooded suburban site. The lot was passed over due to the challenge of building on a steep slope.
We decided to carve a driveway and entry court into the slope and make use of the lower level for kid’s bedrooms and play space. The house is basically a modern wood bungalow with steep pitched roofs and a center chimney. I designed a large cherry cabinet piece to keep the space open but separate the living and dining spaces. The cabinet houses the fireplace and tv on the living room side and works as a china cabinet on the dining rm side. Because octagons create panoramic views, the shape was used as a motif throughout including the living rm, stairway and breakfast rm. There is an abundance of south facing glass which gives us light and a protected view of the woods. A cozy deck is pushed to the side to avoid blocking views to the woods.
The upper roof area is used for home studio for me and my wife and it has a crow’s nest porch off the back that has built-in planters for the railing as this is the only area that gets full sun for growing.
We’ve enjoyed the house for over 20 years and have completed many recent renovations. See our interior portfolio for the latest additions