Secluded Tropical Cottage

 

This house was originally built as a duplex on a double lot and turned into a single family residence. It was gutted and reconfigured to fit the new program: living room, outdoor living/dining areas, kitchen/dining area, master bedroom and bath, studio for two, guest bedroom/bath, loft/guestroom, and outdoor shower and decks. There are cathedral ceilings throughout with oversized exposed rafters giving a sense of space. Operable windows with remote controls at the gable end roofs allow for cross ventilation. A large outdoor living area with skylights and cutouts on the roof along the porches bring north lighting into the space. Integration of indoor and outdoor spaces was a critical aspect of the design.