This project resides in a natural fold of nearby foothills with a view of Stagecoach Lake. Thus, we aimed to create strong relationships with the outside spaces. In order to capture breezes off the lake in the summer the house was oriented towards it with a great deal of the exterior spaces and openings having lake views. This strengthened the connection to the large open outdoor spaces and helped cool the home in the summer. The client desired a layout that offered a large open communal space, as well as private cozy retreats throughout the home. We designed a large open communal space which addresses the needs of cooking, eating, and family recreation. We maximized light and views with large windows and a lightly stained hickory floor and ceiling in the open public space. Electronic distractions then were confined to the media room, study, and a loft for younger guest.
Inspired by the neighboring mining town of Oak Creek, we reflected that architectural style in aesthetic and organization of this design. Structural crossties in the breezeway, metal awnings that protect exterior doors, metal railings, and metal trusses characterize this mining theme. The local architectural vernaculars influenced our choices of stone, lap siding, and stain colors on the exterior of the house.
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