Wildewood is a development which was created from the estate of a former local corporate executive. It is located along a wooded hillside and floodplain, adjacent to an urban metropark. The project directive was to design a single-family home which would take maximum advantage of the natural setting of the site.
The building plan is oriented to the floodplain and bends to follow the natural curve of the hillside upon which it is sited.
The owner desired an open plan with main living areas and master bedroom on the first floor. Because of the slope of the site the remaining bedrooms and family room were placed in the lower level open to light and views.
The owner is a very enterprising individual with a diverse background and has the capability to fabricate stainless steel through one of his companies. He worked with the design team to develop vented eave details and various other elements in the house - common elements which became important design features. The outdoor grill was a specific piece which was designed in concert with the owner. A greenhouse with many stainless-steel details is planned for the future to extend out over the hillside from the grilling deck.
A screened porch was required as an important family and entertaining area. This private area is located along the back of the house where the prime views are best. To admit natural light and warmth to the center of the house a large skylight has been provided above the kitchen. Special attention was given to lighting in this area to counter the effect of the skylight at night.