Our client purchased this very small lot, adjacent to a creek on the outskirts of a small town, with the intention of building a second home. They learned after the purchase that the property had been considered unbuildable: there was no public sewer system, the lot was quite small, and a large portion was so steeply sloped that no one had been able to design and obtain approval for a septic system. After working for a number of years with a local civil engineering company, a septic design was finally developed and approved.
We were then called to design and build the home. The clients wanted a very contemporary new home design with a master bedroom, a kitchen/great room, a second room that could open up to the great room (and also function as a second bedroom), and bathrooms off each bedroom. They also wanted a very strong connection between the interior of the home and the exterior, with a covered patio facing the creek. The septic design left little area – within the building and creek setbacks – for the home.
The design we finally settled on just fit within the remaining building envelope; it was smaller than they originally wanted, but it did manage to address all of their needs. The design provides large expanses of glass on the creek side of the home; it looks out onto a covered patio with a motorized screening system that allows for insect-free outdoor seating on hot summer nights. The exterior massing –with trim-free metal and pre-finished composite siding – is contemporary in appearance and maintenance-free. The interior of the home is clean with simple lines; the sharing of uses between the rooms compensates for the building’s small size. This design meets the client’s requirements for a home that was energy efficient, comfortable and healthy.