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Architect2d provided us with “massing models” and “adjacency diagrams” forconsideration. The adjacency diagrams show the rudiments of our program (roomswe’d like) relative to each other, the lot, and the neighbor’s houses. The massingmodels show the rudiments of what the buildings look like. The key word here is“rudiments”: there’s still a long ways to go (aesthetics, windows, cat doors).

Wepresently have three schemes with two permutations for Scheme 1. Scheme 1A is alinear house plan oriented east-west that hugs the southern boundary of thelot. The front of the property has an abstract front wall with an outdoor entryoffset from the actual entry. It’s an interesting concept with a simple (atthis point) wall separating the inner world from the outer (the bride likes it).With the garage in the back, the outdoor space is divided into three parts: the“public” space at the front, the “living” (and hence shared with guests) spacein the middle, and the private space with the garden, worms, and whatnot(including the “master bedroom” outdoor space) in the back.

I’mliking the layout, division of space, and relative privacy of the garage fromthe street, but I’m not so sure about the abstract wall (unfriendly?), the opendriveway hole to the nether reaches of the property (burglary issue?), and thetunnelish entry sequence. I also recognize that each of these issues can bedealt with if we progress with this scheme. (Click images for larger versions)

Scheme1B moves the garage flush with the “abstract” wall. That takes care of the“burglary issue”, but dissolves the division of outdoor space in the back (meetthe worms!). Architect 2d notes that this is probably the most cost effectivelayout: linear house and minimal driveway.

Scheme2 has the house massed toward the front of the lot in more of a north-southorientation. The garage is located toward the mid-rear (minimizing the streetimpact). The back yard is open to the house in a meet-the-worms kinda way(although garden walls could always be put up). Architect 2d notes that thisscheme has the best street presence.

Scheme3 uses a car court approach with a side-entrance garage and turnaround in thefront of the property. The “public” spaces of the house (kitchen-dining-living)are separate from the “private” spaces of the house (bedrooms) and connected bythe entry/hall. Given the “feature” stairway (it would have to be nice givenits location) and the sprawling floorplan, Architect 2d notes that this isprolly the most expensive scheme.

Well,there you have it: three schemes. We meet with the architect soon to discuss.Let us know what you think!

[diagrams by Architect 2d]




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