The architects are giving us what we asked for: Indoor-outdoor living, with plenty of cross ventilation. Although just two of us will live there, maybe more if a parental unit joins us, we’re designing for rental and re-sale in mind. That’s why we’re building four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, in our medium-size property.
No, we’re not aiming for a modernist aesthetic. 3D renderings just tend to look modern, and since we haven’t really discussed finishings and colors − other than to indicate that we want traditional embellishments and a mellow pallet − they can’t infuse these drawings with anything specific. This drawing is just to show the bones of the place.
So far, plans call for a main building with three guest suites, a kitchen, media room, center courtyard and a large terrace. Walk around the lap pool and there’s an all-new construction casita with a master suite downstairs, a guest bathroom, and an exercise room and roof terrace upstairs. We asked for a lot, and demanded plenty of cross ventilation. I think they came through.
What we also got was a house where the bedrooms can’t be reached from any other room without going outside. It guarantees each room will get a breeze, but it also guarantees we will occasionally get wet when it’s time for bed.
We could, if worse came to worse, cut stairs into the terrace or center courtyard, so no one has to go all the way to the front of the house just to go upstairs, but it pains me to do it. And I think the bridge is kind of cool! The practical New England Yankee in me is dying a little death right now, however. The hip, new Meridano in me is taking him down.