Designed for a client who thinks in textures, small moments and history of place, the University Area Residence combines a collegiate, timeless form with contemporary detailing. Masonry siding references the historic university neighborhood as thin, dark window frames and a charcoal grey standing seam roof give the home a crisp, contemporary look. High ceilings and abundant windows flood the rooms with light. Gracious raised patios offer a seamless and private indoor/outdoor living experience.
Built on an existing foundation, this new home contains a formal living room and dining room typical of traditional homes. However, the family imagines spending most of their time in the more casual spaces such as the kitchen, adjacent breakfast nook, and family room. A small yoga room on the second floor opens out to an east facing roof deck, in concert with the rising sun. Perfect for a child’s room, a secret reading nook in the attic space is accessed by a ladder. Visiting grandparents may use the comfortable ground floor guest suite. Laundry, mechanical equipment, storage, and an open game room are located in the basement. Today’s need for highly functional mudrooms, garages, storage spaces and appointed closets are unsung heroes in design yet help a home stay organized and a create a sense of calm.
By combining elements of the past with those of the now, the Gerald Avenue Residence is both familiar and surprising and will provide this young family with a solid foundation for their future.
Photo credit: Gibeon Photography, Hixson Studio