This house embraces its naturally terraced site, capturing sweeping views to the distance and intimate spaces along the site. As the house descends the slope, each room inside corresponds to a "room" outside. From the living area, which responds to a patio on a natural stone terrace, a glass bridge leads to the library overlooking a spa pool underneath, where guest quarters open onto another natural terrace.

Upstairs, the private suite opens first onto a screened porch, then a balcony. This series of small boxes contrasts larger spaces anchoring the house below. Only elemental materials -- wood, stone, and metal -- were used, chosen to express the qualities of older buildings: substantial, grounded, and well proportioned, with textural interest flowing between exterior and interior.


Office Project Team: Mell Lawrence, Krista Whitson, Charlotte Pease, Mike Smith, Gregory
Thomas, Rebecca Devine, & John Castore

Contractor: EDACO

Structural: Smith Structural Engineers

Landscape: Mark Word

Interiors: Mark Ashby & Mary Ames

© Mell Lawrence Architects 2013
© Hester + Hardaway Photographers 2006