Paradise Avenue is a mile long, ending at a popular surfing beach. It’s a picturesque but busy road, lined with old stone walls and generously spaced houses set well back from the street. Setbacks from a stream toward the rear of the lot required placing the house close to the road. The challenge was dealing with the attendant noise and lack of privacy in a way that allowed the client to enjoy the outdoors.We used a series of layers, including both landscape and architectural elements, to filter out the noise and views from the street. The rebuilt stone wall, reflecting street noise, was the first line of defense, backed up by a privet hedge to absorb sound and create privacy. The façade of the house itself is drawn out along the road by a garage to one side mirrored by a porch and trellis on the other side. The driveway becomes a linear courtyard, reinforcing the separation of public and private spaces. The entry punctuates the long, flat street façade, reaching out and inviting you in.
Landscape: Martha Moore / Builder: Messier Construction / Photographer: Warren Jagger