Over the past two decades, we’re been asked by our clients to design homes in a variety of traditional architectural styles, ranging from English cottage to French provincial. We understand when people are seeking a look that is familiar and comfortable for them, and accept that because, after all, it is their home. But, in the case of this 3,000 square foot residence overlooking the Sacramento River, the family that approached us was extremely flexible in their thinking.
“They didn’t even know they wanted a contemporary house when they came to me,” says Theimer. Yet he was able to take their biggest concern – creating clean, open space – and develop a preliminary plan that required surprisingly few changes. “They were very trusting people, very open minded,” he says. “They didn’t ask for this kind of design. Now, they tell me they couldn’t imagine anything else.”
-Excerpt from an article in Custom Home, written by Trish Scarlett-
The first design decision we suggested was to orient the house at an angle on the narrow lot in order to take advantage of the views looking up and down the winding river. This is in contrast to all of the other homes in this subdivision, as is the contemporary style we utilized to express their living style. Narrow balconies are replaced by outdoor rooms, and the swimming pool actually opens to the river by way of an open portal through the main structure.