Twin Ridge Residence
This project was for an attorney and an artist and their eclectic art collection. The client’s love of nature attracted them to this site, in spite of the house. Our challenge was to elevate the house and capture the site with limited changes to the shell and without an addition. The existing suburban builder home, three structural spans deep, was an amalgamation of dark, marginalized rooms. The kitchen, buried in the shadowy recesses of house, was socially isolated, short on natural light and without view. A walled, conventional box stair crashed down into a congested entry hall. The intervention exploits the tree covered, dramatic twin ridge landscape surrounding the house. Exposed steel beams and columns were substituted for the bearing walls and lend an unexpected industrial feel to the interior. The enclosed stair was replaced with a sculptural steel stair with open risers. This strategy allows for long sight lines through the house and invites light to spill into the artist studio at the lower level. The remodeled master bathroom, in a vibrant blue, utilizes custom casework that serves as a vanity, medicine cabinet and linen storage. The flush inset mirrors reflect the trees and sky creating a treehouse-like effect, reflecting the owner’s original request for an ‘outdoor’ master bathroom.