Meshing the Owners’ love of historic Tuscan architecture and their desire to entertain, with an open plan on a wooded site, proved a challenging design problem. The ultimate solution was multi-faceted. The forms and massing are borrowed from Tuscan villas, though not literally.
Roof slopes are slightly lower and the overhangs exaggerated to address the challenges of the hot and rainy climate. Materials were selected to maintain the desired “feel” of old world architecture. Native stone marries the base of the house to the landscape. Synthetic stucco walls emerge from the base and are capped with either shingle or metal roofing. The details throughout are spare, but still harken back to another time and place.
A porte-cochere extends a welcoming arm to visitors and leads them into the Foyer. Its dark plastered walls contrast with the light filled and soaring volume of the Great Room, into which they are drawn. From there they can appreciate the prominent fireplace, the rich wood trusses, and the high punched openings that allow southern light to stream in.
Turning around, tucked under the second floor bedrooms, visitors can see across a large dining table to a true working kitchen. Cooking and baking centers are flanked by a bar and pantry on one end and a cozy inglenook on the other. The Master Suite contains a well-appointed closet and luxurious bathroom. Guests are accommodated in a separate guesthouse, which is connected to the main house by a logia overlooking the courtyard.