This existing split-level ranch, located in one of the North Shore’s most exclusive communities, was completely renovated and expanded. The site is a picturesque setting of fully mature specimen evergreens and deciduous trees on gently rolling topography. The end result was a 7,500 square foot modern prairie style residence with rich materials of natural stone, cedar shingle and cedar roof. The thwarting roofline is the main design feature of the residence with intersecting roof pitches and extended eaves.
The backyard elevation features a two and half story low e glass curtain wall overlooking the pool, pond and landscaped property beyond. With such an impressive existing piece of property, the architect was challenged to create the natural sense of openness the home demanded as well as taking full advantage of the panoramic views the property afforded. These views are uninterrupted by the living room’s two story glass enclosure, which is supported by massive vertical laminated wood columns.
An open floor plan was selected as the basis for the design concept. The modernist style prolific Porte-Cochere ”winged roof line”” provided functional day to day use for all seasons to access the garage and the home’s support spaces with a direct relationship to the kitchen and rear patio. It was important to provide all rooms, regardless of use, a strong relationship to the views and natural beauty of the landscape.