A Cozy House That Likes a Crowd
An angular floor plan captures the view and combines public and private zones.
Our clients, Gibby and Buz, came to us with a rather strange request. First, they wanted a Craftsman-inspired, private retreat for two that could be expanded into a full-time residence in the future. But foremost, the house had to be able to handle gatherings of 50 or more guests. In short, they needed a cozy, intimate house that also would be a great place for parties.
Starting with the idea that any successful large party is really a collection of small, intimate conversations, we set out to create a variety of settings for social interaction, both indoors and out. We really needed to design two houses: one large, open, and social; the other small and private. The two would have to merge, swapping and sharing characteristics.
A lake and a showy, old tree focus the views
Everyone agreed that the best place on the site for the house would be on…