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Project: "Villa di Famiglia Vita"
Company:Ward+Blake Architects
Designer(s): Ward+Blake Architects, United States
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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Entry Description: This extensive renovation of a 1980s Tudor-style residence made use of the original structure’s good “bones,” unique form, and excellent site orientation while shaping it to suit a modernist design sensibility and the family’s needs. A four- foot extension to existing kitchen and porch, a restructured guest bedroom roofline and the reintroduction of a porte- cochere element transformed the look and function of the home (renamed Villa di Famiglia Vita because the couple began their marriage with a Honeymoon in Italy). Conversion of unfinished attic to a children’s floor with dual bunkrooms, a playroom and open media room created a beloved space appropriately scaled to young users. A low-maintenance material palette of Cor-ten steel, Cem- Clad panels, mild steel, sod and cedar proceeding from exterior to interior spaces provides continuity. Enlarging existing windows and adding new window openings further expands the interior to its natural surroundings and allows natural light to freely permeate the house. Sod roofs added where possible also link outdoor environment with interior spaces while reducing temperature fluctuations for energy efficiency. The interior’s most prominent element, a glass and steel staircase, winds through all three levels in an irregular zigzag configuration accentuated by its transparent quality. Douglas fir ceiling panels, bamboo floors, built-ins, architect-designed furniture and ponderosa pine-clad windows offer visual warmth and a sense of intimacy in priority interior spaces. Ultimately, the 85-percent renovation of the traditional original structure pairs architectural vision with the needs of a dynamic family for a uniquely modern reimagining of “home.”

About the Designer/Company
Ward + Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: be provocative in thought, flexible in nature, and disciplined in execution. Since 1996, Ward + Blake have been creating spaces that reference the land and the history of the region while also embracing cutting-edge construction materials and techniques. We have created a working environment where the powers of innovation, smart building and creativity flourish. Our firm is composed of twelve trained professional people including four Licensed Architects, six Intern Architects, an Interior Designer and an Office Manager. Ward+Blake Architects is organized horizontally rather than vertically, which is to say that we realize our design work utilizing the strengths of our staff members at all phases of the project. This horizontal stratification allows the principals to be involved from schematic design through construction documents, ensuring that design goals remain in focus and project objectives are obtained. Ward + Blake believes that architecture should respond to its particular place and be a natural partner with the environment. The firm’s designs evolve from an appreciation for pragmatic solutions within the honesty of modernism. By working within the context of our rich environment and applying sustainable strategies to a wide variety of building types and project scopes, Ward + Blake designs architecture that conserves energy and natural resources while creating high performance buildings and healthy environments for the buildings occupants. We listen carefully to the desires, goals and program of our clients. Ward + Blake has an excellent track record averaging less than 1% change orders on our commercial and educational projects.