It is important to get the details right. Though its bones are that of a contemporary ranch-style house , designed as a spec home , incorporates the geometry , consistency , and detail that lend it a distinctly midcentury modern sensibility.
The firm crafted an L-shaped layout that opens onto a central , private courtyard , pulling the outdoors in. Carefully using every inch of the 4 ,136-square-foot structure as functional space , the design includes plenty of pockets for conversation , entertaining , and lounging. In contrast to open-plan , great room–style layouts that feature direct paths between the front door and the rear yard , this home is designed to encourage a procession through a series of spaces enhanced by multiple sources of light and views.
Though the architects avoided using corridors to maximize the overall sense of space , the design bears a planned sensibility that uses brick walls to create distinct spaces without closing off any one room from another. Living and family rooms and the master suite open directly to the backyard , but the children’s bedrooms are designed to be more private , featuring glimpses to the outdoors through clerestory windows that capture views of the trees and allow natural daylight to stream in.
Following a modernist sensibility , the firm established a limited materials palette that’s consistent between both the interior and exterior. To complement use of cedar outside , the team fitted out the interior spaces with rift-sawn white oak floors and cabinets. A mammoth pivoting entry door in western red cedar contrasts against the neutral brick that extends from the inside out to establish a cohesive design.
The house’s dramatic 6-foot overhangs , brick walls , plaster ceilings , and oak floors extend from the indoors out. A cedar soffit that breaks free from a stucco plane extending from the interior ceiling adds a sense of lightness. Further midcentury style-inspired details , such as a wall of sliding glass doors and a wet bar concealed behind a sliding barn track , animate the space and provide visual balance by keeping clutter out of sight.