The main challenge to the design was creating a plan that was open and filled with light that also provided privacy to the homeowner in a house that sits on a small “urban” corner lot. One way this was accomplished was by wrapping the front of the house with a large covered porch that is used for entertaining and dining. The porch doubles as a screen for the front rooms of the house from the street and public park below. Another area of privacy was created by wrapping the Living Room and Breakfast Room around the rear terrace, both rooms opening up via large French doors onto the terrace, creating a dialogue between the indoor and outdoor spaces. A large outdoor fireplace at the rear edge of the terrace provides a screen from the neighbors behind, as well as allowing enjoyment of the outdoor room year round.
Upstairs is the private zone for the family with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The plan of the upper level is unique in that the Master Bedroom is located towards the front of the house as opposed to the rear of the house, that being the most private side of the lot that overlooks the forested public park.