The Bookcliff modern was a home designed for clients who were looking for a sustainable approach to designing and constructing their new home. After living abroad for most of their professional careers, these clients had lived in a variety of housing types that were not typical of most north American homes. They found things along the way that they loved and worked well for them and they found things that they didn’t like and brought this valuable information to the design table. The Bookcliff Modern was to be their “forever home” and needed to be a special place for them. At this point we began site studies to come up with an integrated design solution.
Our process was to consider the sites access and topography, the orientation of the home for adequate solar access and effective shading. We consider prominent views, the best driveway access, septic system requirements, and where the garden would be best suited for an avid gardener. After considering most important factors, we zoned the house,implementing their program of needs in a way that allowed for sunny public spaces on the south side of the home to captured light and views and open up to the landscape to the south. We then arranged the north side of the home with bedroom spaces to include smaller windows to hold the warmth and create a sense of privacy.
In our design we were also able to connect the master bath back to the multi purpose room and laundry in order to allow access between laundry and master bedroom. We then created design elements throughout the home that were modern and clean. Combinations of steel, wood concrete and stone played juxtaposition throughout to create a unique home on a great building site.