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rhododendron grow in the acid soil of their shade.
“When we installed the landscaping, 85 percent of
the plants we used were already there,” says Gilpin. “We just moved them.” Now, mossy stones
form planted beds while bluestone pavers delineate
several seating areas. A brook spills into the yard,
splashing down a stony waterfall and forming a pool.
Shaded, serene, and mysterious, the backyard feels
like an arboretum.
The 6,000-square-foot house with deep roof
overhangs was ripe for a redesign. “I have worked
with houses of that vintage before, and I like the
style,” says Perez. “Good contemporary design is
timeless. We respected the shape and the structure
of the house, but took it back to the studs to recon-
figure the interior.”
His plan located the living room in a soaring
two-story space whose tall windows bring in the
wooded surroundings. A less formal family room
abuts the kitchen, which is designed around a large
island and looks toward an adjoining sunroom, also
oriented to the back garden.
“The house has a beautiful setting, so we cre-
ated this indoor-outdoor orientation,” Perez says.
although architect adolfo
Perez replaced the house’s
original vertical sheathing with
stucco, he retained its 1970s
Modern exterior styling, which
includes large expanses of
asymmetrical fenestration and
deep roof overhangs.