Urban Estate |
The owners of this historic Mellor, Meigs & Howe home slowly amassed neighboring parcels of land to extend their existing property with the goal of transforming this open space into their ideal retreat. In conjunction, the interior first floor was reoriented with the conversion of a garage into sizable kitchen, fronting this newly acquired land which steeply dropped in elevation. VMA designed a series of sweeping terraces, easing the change in grade, terminating in a generous pool seemingly dropping off into the distance beyond. Paved in white Mexican stone, the terraces refrain from generating excess heat during peak summer usage. As outdoor rooms for living, the terrace immediate to the kitchen provides convenient seating, while below another accommodates a simple but refined whirlpool, all shaded with wooden trellises. Planting beds border throughout, defining the perimeter and individual levels. In all, the clean lines of these outdoor spaces reflect and support the rich architecture of this early 20th century home.