A night view highlights the indoor light shining through the ample windows of this contemporary home. Exterior lighting brightens the wood sections at the main entrance. The concrete driveway leads to the illuminated garage and continues to the entry stairwell.
A front courtyard doubles as an opportunity to enhance curb appeal and define the entry sequence as a unique experience. A concrete walkway steps up from the driveway and meets in the front yard to move toward the front door. Uncovered windows allow the warm indoor lighting to be visible outside connecting the interior and exterior.
The home’s curb appeal was updated by installing a new entry door and sidelights; new windows, including an enlarged opening for the second-floor living room; new fiber cement siding for the upper level; and a new garage door.
A new walkway was added to the street instead of having to come up the driveway. Heavy trim around the entry, garage door and new living room windows helped balance the façade.
To separate the home's front entrance from the highway, designers built concrete walls to frame a small courtyard, using polygal and steel panels to create a bit of transparency on the side of the carport and as a small accent on the street side. Now, the entry circulation comes parallel to the driveway on the street side with bright red doors which match the front door and visually call visitors and clarify the entry sequence.
A concrete walkway leads from the driveway, around the sharp corner of the house, and ends at a small patio and door entry. A mix of vertical and horizontal white siding, wood siding and stone creates an intriguing finish over the exterior. Slanted roof sections over the levels in the architecture gives the home unique shape.
This landscape design concept was based on the modern lines of the home and allows the elegant forms to transfer onto the ground plane. The driveway and connecting pedestrian paths are formed concrete pads with a simple broom finish in a series of squares and rectangles. The voids between the pads are neatly topped with gray beach pebbles and allow rainwater to flow through, minimizing runoff onto the street. The pockets of plantings near the front entry contain sculptural accent plants, which are dramatic when illuminated by landscape lighting at night.