Design Rewind: Kenosha Residence

By Sean Canning

The client brief was quite extensive for the Kenosha Residence project, and the project provided an exciting opportunity to fully embrace the mid-century modern style - an iconic design style that's very much at home in Southern California.

In line with the design style, a lot of attention was paid to the layout and the function of the space. The house's open floor plan connects the public areas while maintaining privacy for the bedrooms. 

The decision to maintain an open flow from the public areas to the outdoor patio allows for a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience and is a hallmark of the mid-century modern style.

The roof plan and structure also kept to the mid-century modern design ethos, with a simple, low-slope roof and a lot of emphases on exposing the structural elements. 

This philosophy was also reflected in the window design, where windows were treated as structural elements, creating strong horizontal lines that add to the sense of openness and space.

Speaking about the trellis, the original trellis was redesigned to take full advantage of the magnificent view of the bay, while also offering shade. The new design created a dramatic undulating roofline that's not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.

In terms of materials, the use of clear story windows, masonry, and block walls further reinforced the mid-century modern aesthetic, creating a home that feels open and airy, yet grounded and substantial. 

However, due to budget constraints, some elements like the clear story windows and the pivot front door were value-engineered out of the final project.

Nonetheless, the project was successfully executed, with compromises made to stay within budget without sacrificing the integrity of the design.

Overall, the Kenosha Residence project was a major success, and it beautifully embodies the principles of mid-century modern design. 

From the open floor plan to the thoughtful use of materials, every aspect of the design works together to create a home that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and in harmony with its surroundings.

In the end, the project was a testament to the importance of staying true to the design vision, even in the face of challenges and constraints. It also demonstrates the power of good design to enhance the quality of life for our clients, creating a home that is not only beautiful but also functional and responsive to their needs and lifestyle.

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