The Bethesda Retreat is located on a uniquely shaped, but well-oriented, narrow lot. The length of the home was an opportunity to design spaces with sun from multiple directions, capturing morning and afternoon light. A central patio, ideal for entertaining, is carved from the center of the home, and provides a dynamic outdoor living zone connected to the main interior living spaces, kitchen, and pool. The floor plan revolves around this predominant feature with multiple entry points and sight lines connecting remote portions of the home. A formal Owner’s Suite is nestled into the rear wing, providing an intimate sanctuary with views toward the wooded portion of the lot.
Upstairs, a loft and studio offer supplemental spaces for both entertaining and work. These rooms are enhanced by partial screening and operable doors so the residents may selectively sequester themselves or engage with the surrounding spaces. The home’s exterior is characterized by its contemporary treatment of warm materials: light stucco, granular stone tile, rich wood siding, and bronze metal elements. Subtle expressions of ornament in the entry door, open eaves, steel canopies, and accent tile are among its most distinctive elements.