[b]A bench, a portal, a wave.[/b]
Some minimal modifications aim to improve the perception of the house getting there by car. Three new architectural elements, set at different distances from the exterior wall of the house, redefine the lower part of the building's facade. They are "walls" with a wood planking or a plastic siding whose color matches the roof covering's hue.
Besides improving the facade of the house, the new elements allow a different and more intense use of the open air spaces adjacent this side of the building. In particular:
A) The [b]wall-bench[/b] defines the edge of a new rectangular deck, which almost doubles the area of the existing deck lying at a height about 3 feet lower than the existing deck.
This new deck flanks the existing patio, but is about 6 feet higher.
In that way the three main floors of the yard (patio, new deck, existing deck), juxtaposed and staggered in height by about half a level, will be connected in a close visual and spatial relationship, so that they will be indeed part of a unitarian spatial organization.
B) The [b]wall-portal[/b] is a clear and strong signal that identifies the main entrance to the house on the lower level, while at the same time hiding the staircase that links the existing deck with the new one. At the top of the wall, a wide flower pot strongly marks the limit of the wall-portal.
C) The [b]wave-wall[/b] is a visual barrier necessary to hide some existing equipment on the wall of the house (AC units, gas / electricity meters) and two garbage bins to be placed at the right part of the facade.
A new system of paths (stairs, gentle slope ramps, landings) connect each other easily and directly the main external areas and link them to the most important access points to the house.
Last but not least, the following design choices must be mentioned:
- A hot-tub will be placed in a zone lying on the left side of the facade below the existing deck. The hot-tub area will be suitably screened on the road side by a wooden trellis.
- A storage space will be built below the new deck to shelter the outdoor furniture during the winter.
- A small bar could be organized next to the hot-tub area, below the path connecting the existing deck and the new one.