The pristine setting of this residence and the owners desire for a direct connection to the surrounding landscape was the primary consideration that drove design of the home. Situated on a large lot, the public spaces at the front of the home are presented before a large entry motor court. As the home becomes more private toward the rear, the living spaces spill out onto a large terraced loggia and yard overlooking a beautiful, tree-filled backdrop.
By incorporating large expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass, the home is flooded with natural light and direct views to the surrounding landscape. The second level of the home capitalizes on the elongated nature of the design by allowing the bedrooms to be flooded with natural light and views into the trees on all sides.
The owners desired a large open floor plan ideal for a growing family in a house that blended with the surrounding residential context and featured a strong indoor-outdoor connection.
Our design solution presents traditional forms to the street with restrained detail. Combined with smooth plaster walls, the effect is an abstraction of the surrounding houses.
A direct view through the entry space reveals a welcoming outdoor living space and pool courtyard beyond. A majority of the ground floor is dedicated to communal gathering spaces functioning as a hub for the home.
An efficient and thoughtfully presented second floor provides the family with a sense of comfort and warmth. Playful accents and pops of color in the furnishings enhance the clean, contemporary interiors.
The Sunnybrook South residence is a modern, yet warm home, taking cues from the beautiful property it’s in partnership with. Vibrant splashes of jewel tones accent a predominantly neutral canvass, creating a light but colorful ambiance that is always conscious of its natural environment.
This natural environment—a wooded lot situated just above a creek—is almost always visible through the large windows across the back of the house, allowing sunlight to illuminate the interior and bring dwellers to nature’s doorstep. The layout, which is pulled apart into a campus of structures, helps to give shape to a variety of outdoor “rooms” appreciated from virtually every indoor space, and the “stretched out” and slender design of the home takes the greatest advantage of celebrating a natural dialogue with its surroundings.
Beverly Drive is a glamorous street, insofar as it possesses a mysterious charisma irresistible to passersby. In the winter months, Christmas-light lovers drive up and down the street to bask in the glow of lights emanating from both the interiors and exteriors of the homes; and in every season, the street invites traversers into a world of elegance and sophistication.
The Beverly Residence captures this same mysterious spirit. Its transitional style—which is accomplished by using traditional materials to create a contemporary feel, taking architectural cues from the likes of Alys Beach, Florida—makes it easy to identify with for virtually anyone. The entry is hidden by a surprise procession through a courtyard, while ten-foot high windows offer glimpses of what will fully reveal itself once inside.
These same windows, along with the home’s long thin layout, allow ample natural sunlight to be the home’s main source of light. This, combined with the Beverly Residence’s intentional straying from the center hall plan, creates a warm series of circular passageways. The finished effect is at once allusive and welcoming, much like the street with which it is engaged.
Robert Elliott Custom Homes, Builder
Marci Barnes, Interior Designer
Matthew Murrey, Landscape Architect
Nick Malinowski, Landscaper