Unique arched windows provide transparency and privacy between rooms in this eclectic living space. Round furniture elements work with the circular ceiling architecture, and a large window provides ample natural light.
From the outside, designers wanted to delineate the public space from the private ones, so they used glass to allow transparency through the public spaces and a wood exterior to keep the private spaces private.
With beautiful ocean views, the lanai attached to this home's living area is an inviting space for dining, reading or working. The soft sheers cut down on heat and glare when privacy or solar control is needed, but their transparency still provides a great ocean view.
Architectural firm Specht Harpman's goal with this modern redesign was to preserve all of the site’s large live oaks while creating a sense of transparency that allows the landscape to flow through the living spaces. With soaring windows and uninterrupted views of those oaks, the main living room perfectly embodies this goal.
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. The designers focused on increasing transparency and accentuating the horizontal character of the simple form.
To create a clear separation between the public and private space of the house, architects use materials that would delineate the two spaces. The first story-the public spaces of the home-is filled with windows that allow in natural light and create a transparency from one side of the house to the other. However, on the second floor, where the bedrooms are, architects used stucco to create a more private feel for those spaces.
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.
Adjacent to the dining area is a feature wall dedicated to a custom art piece that extends beyond the borders of the canvas. This piece by Fabio Mesa creates a unique accent and pop of color in the space. An acrylic base provides a modern transparency with the perfect shade of blue. A custom console table below was designed in a mirror finish to further reflect the painting and not detract from it.