We love to create an interactive relationship between the land and the home. Movement into and through a property is part of that relationship. Starting with the entry drive, the movement through a landscape and a home should be a delightful experience unique to both.
Carmel Grasslands Home
For this Carmel California site we were careful to make note of the property's strengths before starting design. The existing entry drive came in from below which did not seem to make use of the best features ofthe land. Instead, the approach was changed to continue up through a grove of existing oak trees, circle back and then drop down into the auto court. This drive through the oak tree grove is delightful and couldn't be missed. Changing the drive location also afforded us a more open design facing the western views.
The home is designed as an assemblage of simple farm like forms. They are arranged to create outdoor spaces starting with the auto court. A second space surrounds an existing oak tree. Finally the central outdoor terrace is surrounded by the living wing, master bedroom, and guest bedroom wing.
When planning a home, take some time to plan for movement. Look carefully at what is there. Be mindful of the delight that can occur in the every day movement through a home and landscape.