Lets start with some drawings, while I polish up a rendering.
The Site Plan:
Some explanatory comments below the fold:
- The building is L-shaped to present a facade to the street while enclosing a south-facing outdoor area that the house looks upon. This outdoor space is one of the more important rooms of our house.
- The front of the site has a few feet of fall down to the sidewalk (as evidenced by the steps shown). The driveway will be fairly steep; it climbs up to a level carport. The remainder of the site is relatively level.
- The Garage will be used primarily as storage/workshop. Occasional vehicle access can occur across the hardscape in the garden.
- The rear garden areas are divided into three zones: a working garden for vegetables, a long rectangle of lawn area, and the landscaped garden which intermixes hardscape and planting beds to create outdoor rooms and beautiful things to look upon.