From Dean Dowd on September 09, 2010 in General Remodel
Rising up between large ancient trees, almost a modern nod to Emerson and Thoreau themselves, lies the Carmel Cottage. Created by Feldman Architecture, this modest and meticulous dwelling is worth a closer look.
Feldman prides itself on not only its opportunities to create contextually sensitive buildings that are tailored to a clients specific needs, but its membership of both the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. Feldman minimizes ecological impact and incorporates renewable energies and materials.
Flanking the modest fireplace-bearing living room of the Carmel Cottage are sets of modern French doors, which let in beautiful natural light through the glass when closed, and a fresh breeze when opened.
Intentional or not, this fireplace that unites the bedroom with the living room suggests a nod to 1960s open living. Again, French doors open and close off the pathway between the spaces, each room sitting quietly and elegantly below raised dormer ceilings.
The bathroom finish creates a light sanctuary. Possibly the one truly closed-off private space in the cottage, this bathroom still appreciates openness and dissolved boundaries with its clear glass shower wall. Pared-down hardware throughout reinforce the spaces simplicity.
In all of its uncomplicated style, this cottage has no shortage of welcoming warmth, and a glow that invites the dweller to slow down, and enjoy.