traditional home

  • GROSS SQUARE FOOTAGE:  + 10,600 sf
  • STATUS:  Completed
  • LOCATION:  Tampa, Florida

This traditional home consists of 3 levels with level one basically being a 6 car garage. This was a challenging project because the site was narrow and long and we had a lot to get into the design programmatically.  The garage level was a problem right out of the gates because we needed vehicular access to the garage while also allowing pedestrian access to the main level; which in this case is level two.   We decided to split the home into two pavilions based on architectural motifs that the clients were drawn to.  These two pavilions organized the entire house spatially by creating an interior axis that ran from the front door, through the gallery (over-sized hallway), through the great room, through the balcony, and to the open water outside.  The elevator makes carrying groceries from the garage level to the main level (level two) a breeze.

We looked at this home as “eclectic” simply because, while it is certainly traditionally inspired by its long balcony exposures, it displays varied influences including: Tudor (in its roof-line), “beachy” (in the metal roof), and classical (in its symmetry).  While the brick on the exterior of the building could fall under the “traditional” heading, the way it was used had subtle modern influences.  For example:  most of the approach on level one is done with a stack bond (which means the bricks lay one on top of one another) as opposed to a more common running bond.  This creates pavilions on a flat facade via brick lines.  There was so much brick work on this exterior (all four sides) that we really wanted it to be a defining moment for the design.  The brick also made its way into showcase areas of the interior such as the wine cellar door surround and the kitchen’s large cooking area.

The rear of the home faces an expansive open water view so we tried to orient as many vital spaces toward the view as possible.  One very unique concept that the clients requested after seeing something similar in Bali, was to have a tub that would have views of the open water through the master sleeping room.  The way we accomplished this was via a custom-made sliding “barnyard” door that would allow the tub in the master bath to either be concealed or to become part of the sleeping room.  This makes for an architecturally dynamic space because the lines of bath and sleeping area become blurred when the 6′ door is in the open position.

The balcony on level two is interesting because it runs the entire length of the home and has mosquito fans as well as automatic roll-down screens for added bug protection.  This space also features an exterior, 5,000 lb. pizza oven!  This oven was so heavy that it changed the way we built the entire second level.  We had to ensure that structurally the floor system was stable not only when the building was completed, but also during construction.

The clients loved the idea of having a brick home which in itself provides a problem because we were dealing with a velocity zone in which “breakaway walls” were needed for code.  We worked it out in such a way where the brick walls run three-stories without delineating where the breakaway walls begin or end, leaving the building with seamless three-story brick facades.  The red brick is accentuated by the stark white of the simple yet elegant railings and exterior trim work.