The owners of a narrow, wooded urban lot desired an updated English Norman style house. We responded to the site configuration and complex program requirements with a U-shaped plan to preserve an existing mature tree and allow open views to the terraced courtyard. A central hall connects the formal and informal areas along a spine, while the second floor playroom serves as both an open gathering area and circulation to the bedrooms.
Referencing the English Norman style, we incorporated motifs and materials such as intricate brick patterns and corbelling, limestone surrounds, an octagonal Tudor style chimney and parapet walls. Contributing to the formal massing of the house, the first floor was raised 30" above grade for a flood prone site.