It's a MOD world
A few months ago we were approached by a couple wanting to build a modern farmhouse on six acres in Long Beach. The land is beautiful, the couple is fun and quirky (with two kids to follow suit), and they have a unique sense of style that tends to lean towards contemporary (check, check, and CHECK). We spent a day on the site, studying the movement of the light, the placement of the trees, the sounds, the wind, you name it, and we came away feeling excited and inspired.
The plan of the house stems from the large, live oak trees that sprinkle the site, and the shady spots they provide. We wanted the house to feel as if it was set within the trees, while keeping in mind things like falling limbs (eek) and copious amounts of leaves on the roof, you know, all of the practical things. The plan allows for large outdoor living spaces on both the north and south of the house, for early morning coffee, summer cookouts, and kid friendly play areas.
You may be looking at the image above and thinking to yourself, “Not sure these TALL guys understand what a modern farmhouse is.” Well, let us tell you, we were headed in that direction when BAM! the clients decided they wanted to scrap that idea and move more towards the contemporary realm. If you have read our blog before (if you are a first-timer, WELCOME!, and keep on coming back) or seen our work, you know that contemporary design is our passion. Now before you get ahead of yourself, when we say contemporary, we don’t mean a cold glass and concrete box. We mean thoughtful design that utilizes interesting materials and building techniques, works with the land, minimizes the unnecessary details, and puts the client’s lifestyle first and foremost.
As the design sits now, we have “separated” the building into two distinct shapes, both simple wedges with interesting detailing and LOTS of windows. We kept the front of the house playful with 2x2 punched windows (these are in the upstairs den, which called for a bit of FUN), and added in larger windows in the living area, inviting those beautiful live oaks into the living room (metaphorically, of course).
From here we will be moving into material research, along with refining the details, adjusting window and door placement, and tweaking a few interior areas. For materials we are looking at metal, concrete, masonry, the list goes on. Material selection is one of our favorite parts of a project, as it gives the building a bit of spunk, and takes it from interesting shape to interesting shape with texture, color, LIFE! We will keep you updated on this project as it moves forward, and as always, feel free to give us a little feedback!