Thank you for sharing your endeavor to build your “dream” house with all us contestants. We are grateful and delighted to help you build a wonderful home on the spacious and unique site – the site plan is quite beautiful.
Regarding the existing plans, we agree with you that they are well laid out, pragmatic and will no doubt meet your spatial requirements. But we also agree that a few small changes will turn it into the perfect home for your whole family.
So please review the adjustments we’ve crafted for you based on the intentions you’ve put forth in the design brief. We believe our proposal supplements the given plans in the best way and will give you a wonderful home.
A few quick thoughts from our end:
1. Living room integration – our proposal suggests a concept of several stacked volumes. The entire entry façade of the first floor is tied together into a brick plane – and therefore integrated into the rest of the house – the 2nd and 3rd floors stack on top of this. Please see the exterior rendering. We’ve also suggested illustrating this by using 3 different shades of brick: dark for the bottom, medium for the 2nd floor and a lighter brick for the 3rd. If you look at the detail between the 1st and 2nd floor, a small adjustment to this detail allows the 2nd floor to stack on top of the 1st floor (there is no overlap, and the volumes seem to slide pass each other). The ceiling detail for the first floor was adjusted to achieve this clean look: it now has a dropped ceiling that hides the top mullions of the windows and looks straight out into the landscape; it is like a reverse infinity pool detail.
2. Entrance and wardrobe – we’ve cleaned up the details of the entry area: please see the entry rendering. The concept is a pure wood box which matches the finish of the floor. There are blind doors into the powder room and the clothes closet. This maintains the simplicity of the wood cube and spaciousness of the entry. There is an option for the clothes closet to have flipper doors (which open and recess into the wall) so that it can be out of the way if the desire is to have the closet open for ease of use. The pocket doors on either side of the cube are recessed to be flushed with the outer face of the cube. They are there to close off the living room, but most likely will not be used very often. Finally, we’ve suggested to take the wood cube all the way to the ceiling (with reveals) so that it can be clean and simple without complex geometries.
3. Basement layout and fitness room – we’ve laid out the fitness room to include a sauna (for 2+ people), resting beds and room for a treadmill and extra equipment – it works out quite well. There is also a TV hung on the wall of our rendering. Please review it and let us know any comments you have.
4. Façade – as mentioned previously, our strategy to integrate the living room volume carried over to the design of the façade and entry sequence and we considered the 3 design issues in one concept resolution. The entire entry façade side is redefined as one plane which the 2nd and 3rd floor stacks on top of. To reinforce this concept, the 3 levels of bricks can be 3 different shades of color to differentiate the stacking volumes (please see exterior façade rendering).
5. Other items –
a. To maintain the simplicity and registration of the 1st floor entry façade plane, we’re suggesting moving the ribbon window in the living room to be a long skylight (please see entry rendering). This emphasizes the mass of the first floor brick volume. Option: this could also be done with the guest bedroom window on the first floor (please see exterior rendering).
b. The dropped ceiling in the first floor is to achieve the stacking detail between the 1st and 2nd floor.
c. Powder room layout (in wood cube) flipped – in the old scheme, if the door was open, the person on the toilet could be seen from outside the entry. Our proposed arrangement gives the powder room more privacy.
d. Skylight in 3rd floor music room – We think an extra skylight here could work well, please see music room rendering.
e. While the front entry side of the design is more opaque with the brick volumes (for privacy), the back of the house (backyard side) is spacious and open (like your Bauhaus ideas, please see living room rendering).
f. Please also note all the furnishing and appliances are placeholders for the representation - their selection of course is up to you and your family (ie. futuristic treadmill in the basement).
Thank you again for the opportunity and we hope the final house brings many laughs and joy - happy building!
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