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Details Make the Difference at The Lookout
Beginning with the “big idea” is the first step when designing a new space. During the design process we start with questions like How will the space be used? Where should it be located on the site? What is the style going to be? Those are important issues to address, but in the end, it’s the small architectural details that come together to make a project really stand out. It’s difficult to capture those details in photography, so we’re going to dive into one of our modern residences – The Lookout – and take a closer look some small moments that make a big difference.
The details are not the details. They make the design.
Living Room Floor Registers
No detail is too small to be considered. HVAC registers are a necessity for proper air handling, but their placement is often an afterthought and can be an eyesore. At The Lookout, we designed an elegant living space but didn’t want registers to interrupt the flow of the design. Almost hidden, the living room has inset metal registers that run along the floor on both sides of the room. In the overall photo, it’s hard to even notice where they are and that is by design. Considering the entire effect those details will have on a room is a way to visually simplify the place. The places we create have to be functional so we take pride in refining and integrating the necessary details.
Did you notice the registers in the overall photo? Or did you have to look close?
The actual supply air is coming through only two points along the register, so technically they could be smaller. But, by extending the registers the entire length, it actually disappears in the flooring and reads more like a shadow at the base of the wall.
Stair Railing Details
The staircase at The Lookout is in the front entry of the home. Because of the public nature of this feature, we created a design that was visually appealing right when you walk through the front door. The stairs are surrounded by windows that bring light down to the lower level. Nebulous pendants hang in the stairwell and glow like lanterns at night. The staircase itself is a steel and walnut custom design. To add interest, we designed the railings to mirror the board and batten wall treatment. As you descend the stairs, the wall dematerializes around the corner and opens sight lines into the lower level. The repeated vertical lines enhance the connection between the upper and lower levels while adding interest.
The experience of walking the staircase is about textures and patterns. The board and batten stairs are a classic vernacular reinterpreted through the railings.
The Lookout is a modern home that feels hidden and private while still providing a strong connection between the inside and out. Its low profile dark exterior keeps the home hidden among the trees, but on the inside, the house is light and bright. Thoughtfully designed spaces make the space comfortable and visually appealing.