Schematic design and development:
Actually a custom home done for a developer for resale, the schematic design handed to me posed problems for design development. As I began to translate the schematic design from sketch paper to CAD, I quickly realized that the plan did not fit the city-approved elevation. An entire element of the elevation was missing from the schematic plan. This extended the DD process as we worked to reconfigure the front of the plan.
This craftsman style house sits on a hill with the front facing a view of the lake. Originally on the site were a series of boulders which was worked into the design which unfortunately, was never built. The formal dining room was placed at the front of the house, though it is my opinion that the french doors toward the front porch competes with the front entrance too much. Also in the dining room is a curved brick wall on the backside of the curved stair. The great room, opens out toward the view, adjacent and open to the kitchen. The den behind the kitchen has double french doors and a heavy sliding door to mask the desk. The guest room in the back underwent a few changes and I suggested the ceiling be vaulted but we had to compromise for a raised ceiling. The second floor did not need much change except for the master bathroom which was redesigned to fit the front elevation.
Rendering done of the final product.
The plan of the lowest floor, with the proposed landscaping plan for the front walk. The idea was to continue the native large boulders on the site in a meandering walkway to the front door, but alas, the developers did not see the idea behind the move and instead constructed a straight concrete walkway.
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Right side elevation, which opens to the useable backyard.