Winner of local and state design awards, this house was designed by and for one of the firm’s principals. The design challenge was to design an efficient house with open planning, a detached garage apartment, and outdoor living spaces on a small lot in a traditional neighborhood development. Contrasting with the vernacular envelope are thoroughly contemporary interiors. Rooms are defined by changes in the floor and ceiling planes as well as with walls and generous glazing. A brick wall spans between the garage and the house and creates a courtyard. The privacy of the courtyard provides retreat in the densely populated neighborhood. Container plants transition to bedded plants, planters and lawn.