This 1950s ranch house failed to make the most of its 17-acre site overlooking two converging creeks. The house was torn down to its foundation to start this ambitious rebuild. The owners wanted to enlarge the house and take advantage of the sweeping vistas and light reflecting off the water.
One wing has been extended to incorporate an interior stair leading to the new second-floor master suite. In the master bathroom, the tub is raised up two steps in the northwest corner of the bathroom to afford bathers a multidirectional treetop view.
Inside, the living spaces feature a three-sided, storefront-like glass enclosure offering views to the south, west and north, with large sliding doors leading to the deck. The open plan of the kitchen, living and dining rooms is punctuated by a two-sided fireplace, which separates dining and living areas. Skylights on either side allow light to bounce off the surface of the chimney volume. The L-shaped kitchen has a 12-foot-long island, topped in Namibian white marble—the same material used for both fireplace surrounds, unifying the spaces.
Guest bedrooms are located at the eastern end of the first floor; each offers sweeping waterfront vistas. Optimising the space with multi-functionality, the bathroom for one of them doubles as a powder room.BFDO Architects | barkerfreeman.com