The goal for Fiery House was to create a unique, functional indoor-outdoor experience; vast enough to dine, entertain, relax, and enjoy the tree-lined landscape. Place architecture:design enlarged the existing home with an inviting over-sized screened-in porch, an adjacent outdoor terrace, and a small covered porch over the door to the mudroom. These three additions accommodated the needs of the clients’ large family and their friends, and allowed for maximum usage three-quarters of the year. A design aesthetic with traditional trim was incorporated, while keeping the sight lines minimal to achieve maximum views of the outdoors.
A painted blue Tongue and Groove Ceiling adds detail to the room…some swear that light blue-colors* extend daylight at dusk and repel insects. Cultured Stone connects the two spaces; it is used for the porch’s foundation and fireplace wall, and reappears on the face of the terrace’s low wall. Locally-sourced Bluestone is also found on the terrace and caps its low wall. Considerable attention was paid to the storm-water management at the rear yard, as it slopes toward the new work. Underground drainage pipes were added, in conjunction with a swale, to direct the water around the terrace.
The Fiery House additions exceeded the client’s expectations. Throughout the various stages of their project, they were impressed with the vision, attention to detail, and professional, yet personal, demeanor of Place architecture:design. A job well done.
* Article on blue porch ceilings