The challenge in designing the house centered on working within a very strictly regulated building envelope while creating a layout that would accommodate large families or groups. The building guideline calls for a “spraddle-roof” cottage. The configuration imposes a lower scale on the fronts of the cottages than the backs and requires the primary living spaces to occupy the second floor in this case functioning as a “piano nobile”. An alley tucked tight against the backs of the cottages allows for access to first level garages beneath the view porches.
Stylistically, the residence draws primarily from early 20th century Florida vernacular architectural traditions. The volumes and fenestrations have been purposefully kept simple and functional. The material pallet of beveled wood siding, exposed wood rafter tails, louvered shutters and standing-seam metal roofs is in keeping with historical precedents. A subtractive covered entrance porch is embellished with a shallow pergola. The broad entrance leads to a 3-story stairwell lit by tall south-facing windows that bring light deep into the center of the house.