Residential Design – Hill House

The Front Door
The Front Door

It’s Friday and it is time for another new design. This week a hill figures prominently into the design scheme. My design attempts to integrate a house into the hillside by burying the garage and carving out the trailing edge of the hill to create a walkout basement that opens onto an expansive patio with its own swimming pool, pool house and an outdoor fireplace. This unusually shaped house is entirely clad in granite field-stone as are all the retaining walls around the property that keep the hillside at bay. The vast amount of stone masonry make this one of the most expensive houses I have ever designed for sure. The house has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with an extra bath in the pool house. Other features include a basement home gym and a 24 panel solar power array on the garage roof for charging electric vehicles. The front door is also noteworthy in this design. I opted to create a vomitory in the entry staircase which leads to the house’s main entrance. Alternatively you can bypass the entry and walk up the stair which terminates in a roof deck where you can take in the view from the hill’s summit. Upon entering the house, you are greeted by another unusual feature, a bridge/gang plank that traverses a light well terminating at the heart of the house in the kitchen. The master suite takes up the entire second floor while the remaining bedrooms are located in the basement. All living spaces are on the main floor.

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