Our client had actually hired another architect to design their home, but instinctively knew the design presented didn’t feel right. Bill Harrison and I were brought in to review the current state of the project. At that initial meeting, after walking the site and listening to their needs, I began to sketch an organization of spaces based on their requirements and the site conditions. After some overlays on tracing paper working with our clients we quickly arrived at my sketch seen below.
Immediately our clients recognized the inherent correctness of the scheme. Much appreciated was the symmetry of the main elevation and the positioning of the garage to create a landscaped entrance court. The basic organization structure from the initial meeting sketches was retained though greatly refined.
In developing the exterior design of the home, the key for me and the client was authenticity. Both me and the client traveled to see true 17th Century French chateaus. These trips along with studying books and photographs led to a finish product that would be at home in the French countryside.
Interior design by Swanson Ollis Interiors.