Location: Saugatuck, MI
The Pleasant Street Residence was designed and built for a married couple that has a deep appreciation for modern architecture, art, and design. In a unique collaboration, the clients provided us with a scaled drawing of the floor plan which they designed in 2015. We came alongside the client as Architect of Record to provide design and technical expertise to aid in the completion of their vision. They partnered with us on all design aspects of this project and ensured that everything truly embodied mid-century modern style and detail.
The structures were located around six 160 year-old white and red oak trees that were persevered on the site, and took advantage of a building location established by a previous existing structure on the site. To continue the in-town living style that the clients have enjoyed on the porch of their 1908 Arts and Crafts house located a block away, the streetward edge of the home was pushed forward on the site to maintain the built edge of the existing streetscape.
A rigorous 8’ structural grid defined the organization in which the client’s plan took shape. Conceptually, the home is divided into two zones. The public living spaces are open to the street in the south zone, and the private spaces are located north zone in the rearward part of the home. Exterior walls are either glass or vertical cedar infilled between the structural framing, carefully chosen based on function within. The cantilevered roof dramatically reaches out to shelter the house as well as outdoor areas and entryways. The skin of the home is clad with solid cedar wall panels, or transparent floor to ceiling glass wall panels inserted between the 8’ structural grid. The informal orientation of the entrance, screened porch, large open kitchen and garage are intended to encourage casual spontaneous interactions with friends and family.