2 master bath
3 master bedroom
4 master closet
5 living room
6 dining room
11 screened porch
The ingenious long and narrow plan
allows lots of sunlight and views toward
the landscape. Stone walls (a) create a
sheltering entranceway (b), as well as a
small courtyard (c).
north side, which serves as a jewelry, sculpture, and textile studio, is
connected to the main block by a screened porch. Thanks to a Murphy
bed tucked behind a wall, the studio can easily convert to very private
en suite guest quarters. The same is true of the study at the west end
of the main structure, which has a similar foldaway bed.
The master bedroom is removed from the living room by a hallway, but there is no door closing off the spaces. An open hallway leads
from living room to dining room to kitchen to study to laundry room
and back door. It is a thoroughly modern plan similar to that of an
iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style house, but without changes
in ceiling heights. No doorways or thresholds interrupt the smooth,
polished concrete floors.
Such a floor plan and double-duty potential require a clutter-free
aesthetic and careful organization. So the entire 50-foot-long hallway is lined with cabinets of laser-cut birch plywood with clerestory
windows above. A rolling library ladder provides access to the upper
storage units. And while there is a uniformity of design to the wall, the
configuration becomes a defining element for each room it traverses.
“In the dining room,” says Mandle, “the cabinet provides an abstract
steve kiechel opens the Murphy bed that transforms his study (above, left)
into a guest suite, which can be closed off by a sliding door. The cabinet-lined
corridor runs from the study, where it holds guest closets, past the kitchen
(facing page, bottom), to the dining room (above, right), where Julia
Kiechel uses the rolling ladder to reach the upper drawers.