[b][i]Please note that due to the late conversation regarding the use of the 4th floor as an office, guest room or bonus room we were not able to include a proposal in the design. However, should you choose the design [b]accommodating this need, or any revision [/b]will not be a problem.[/i][/b]
As a former resident of Huntington Beach I am all too familiar with the southern California beach communities and know firsthand how an ocean view is treasured. I also understand neighbors living less than 10 feet away and the challenges of maintaining a degree of privacy while still needing natural light. Therefore, with the site constraints and parameters outlined, along with your list of needs and desires the view to the west and capturing natural light were identified as the primary focus of the design methodology.
Introducing natural light would require a level of creativity beyond just being a good designer but also understanding materials, their capabilities and the methods of which they are constructed. Capturing the necessary natural light has been achieved with not just the large window facing the west and high clerestory windows to the north and south, but small floor to ceiling [b]slot windows[/b] are placed strategically along the south wall from the bedroom level to the roof garden to introduce added natural light from this most privacy sensitive side. These windows, only 6” wide, are oriented east and west in a recessed wall so as not face the neighbors.
Also proposed is a [b]glass floor of structural glazing[/b], approximately 3 feet wide at the roof garden level running the entire length. From the living room to the kitchen, showering the ENTIRE [i]living[/i] level with sunlight throughout most of the day. This glazing can be coated with a ‘sun defense’ coating to minimize the radiant heat and UV rays of the high summer sun. [url=Here are some examples of such glass floor systems.]Here are some examples of such glass floor systems.
SEPARATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE:
A fundamental architectural approach to any project is a spatial hierarchy that is clear, deliberate and incorporates a separation of public and private that will not confuse the end user and there visitors. The second challenge for the design of your home was your desire to place the bedrooms (the most private) on the second level, below the main living areas (the most public). The challenge was how to allow you the homeowner to move throughout your home with ease and clarity, while moving visitors through the most private layer without knowing or engaging the level unless invited. This challenge was met by locating the street/garage entrances into a ‘stair tower’ that is located on the north side of the home and runs the entire length of the property with the elevator at the back. With this approach the bedroom level can be comfortably placed between public layers without your need to shut doors or visitors feeling awkwardly intrusive.
[b]A closing note:[/b]
Please understand that the home I have designed for you is a simple schematic design level submission, which during a typical process includes several detailed conversations to get a full understanding of my client’s needs and goals. The intent is to determine the genesis of their needs, and wants, because what they like about a friend’s custom kitchen or master bath works well for their friend, but will it truly work for you?
In the design that I am proposing, the amenities, features, fixtures, equipment and finishes are only graphic placeholders that indicate proposed ideas, and your requests. Products such as tile and wood flooring, countertops, plumbing fixtures, appliances, etc need to be selected and presented for your review and approval. A process that is far more complex than a simple design competition can deliver.
As with all projects of this complexity your new home will need structural framing, mechanical, plumbing, solar and geo-exchange engineering. The investment that you are about to make will need the attention and expertise of an experienced architect. The town will also require a licensed architect for permitting as well. It is strongly recommended that conversations regarding further customization to meet your needs and goals take place. Should you choose this design I can recommend a local architect who can further assist with the project.
Best of luck,
Bryan Mulligan, AIA