How can homes connect to their websites? It’s less to do with fashion and a whole lot to do with the plan. An L-shaped house program is inherently a fragment of something larger — an incomplete enclosure around the outdoor”room.” The inner corner of the outside walls creates an edge that extends like open arms in two instructions preparing to adopt. The landscape could be included and amplified from the supporting background of the family home, serving the reciprocal relationship of interior and exterior space, one setting off another.
Stuart Sampley Architect
This straightforward and efficient vernacular type opens into the private yard with a framed view of an old growth tree. A large suspended sliding”barn” door opens the entire wall and living space up into the view and connects to the adjacent porch supplying a covered place to sit down. This house accomplishes quite big ideas on a budget.
LDa Architecture & Interiors
Two traditional wood shingle clad national forms are connected by a contemporary glassy L-shaped loggia defining a stepped lawn and patio. The use of contrast because the linking element here with a lighter color extends the light of the sky to the ground and allows the”two homes” to stay deferentially scaled into the outdoor room.
Now imagine for a moment if a linear representing pool has been inserted on axis at the center of the lower yard merging the earth and sky at the connecting loggia.
Large windows and openings permit an immediate connection between indoor and outdoor terrace living room with a mix of hardscape, planting beds, pools, and trees. As the previous example, the 2 wings in this house are each scaled appropriately for the outdoor space they function, and material contrast is used to differentiate living room from sleeping space.
Bud Dietrich, AIA
Smaller single story programs are also ideal to define an outdoor space. The size of the outdoor space is a function of the elevation of the house. A lower roof here works nicely with the intimate ratio of this dining room. The soft plantings and translucent shining patio chairs are a wonderful glow to the hardness and mass of stucco walls.
Think. Design Office
And, it will not get much better than this! Who doesn’t dream of a sunken fire pit? There’s not anything to add or take away from this composition. Each significant space in the house has an opinion to this personal sanctum made possible by the L-shaped plan tucked to the site.
The L-shaped plan is a superb way to create a statement of concerning entrance. The garage is easy to access and links to the main house which is put back in the site and aligned on axis with birth. This house conveys a clear sense of purpose and direction in a traditional style.
Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, P.S.
Here, the house occupies the edge of a hill which seems to slope down to a lake. A courtyard is made possible by the form of the plan, which, like the former example, has a connected garage to the side of the main entry. An alteration in elevation and roof shape mark the”hinge” connection at the inner corner.
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Pools are frequently the reason for using the L-shape concept. Living and sleeping spaces are allowed direct access and views, and the swimming pool is guarded and made personal by the configuration of the house. Many towns need a pool to be fenced and split, however, the configuation of the house can achieve this need and at the exact same time, create the pool a focal point of landscape reflection and design for the structure.
Notice here how the link between the two wings is the lowest roof line of the L-shaped plan. This really is the masterstroke because it allows more of the sky to be reflected from the swimming pool, and every element is scaled, as in an earlier example, to the outdoor space it serves.
The vertical chimney acts as a punctuation mark terminating the axis of the terrace stair, whereas the horizontal linear window is mirrored in the duration of the pool. There’s a clear sense of purpose behind every element of the house and landscape.
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