The Costa House: The First Draft
On Tuesday, after months of anticipation I received the first draft of the Costa House from our architect and I'm not going to lie, after I quickly glanced through it I called my Dad and my Sister-In-Law in a little bit of a panic. All I could see on the rendering was stone, covering every inch of the house and as you all know, I am a simple girl and this was all just a little "too much." For so long I had an idea in my head of what the house would look like and it's so strange to actually see your vision on paper, but yet it's not really your vision, rather it's someone's version of "your vision." Once I got the time to really sit down with the proposal I realized that the house really is perfect (almost) and I feel very lucky that this is our starting point. I realized at this point there are going to be a ton and ups and downs building this house and this one will definitely go down as an up!
Okay, enough talk... here is the draft of the house and below I'll tell you what I'm changing.
What do I love about the house? In short, everything. I love the style, I love the double height living room, I love the layout (which I will post on next week), I love that it is totally nondescript from the front but bananas in the back. I love the infinity pool, I love the size, I love all the outdoor covered areas, I love the roof deck, and I love that the entire home is built around the view.
So, what am I changing?
- ALL stone must go. All of it. The stone on the front, the stone on the back, the stone on the fence, the stone on the floor. You know the saying, "leave no stone unturned?" Well, we are turning every stone and throwing them in the virtual trash. Am I worried it will make the house to clinical? No way. My plan is to take all the areas on the front and back of the house (and guest house) and turn them all to white stucco. This is cheaper, it's cleaner, and it's much more what I envisioned. Everything that isn't on the house that's stone will either be wood or tile. The stone fence; wood. The stone flooring; tile. Will the stone stay in the driveway? Probably but for now let's just say NO STONE.
- I'd like to play with those black railings. I think they could look really cool in wood, I just want to find a way to do it without obstructing the view.
- Speaking of wood, I want more of it and I'd like a warmer stain. I envisioned the shutters (which I love) and the overhang to be a more carmel color and I'd like it a touch less rustic. I want a wood fence, wood patio... basically my vote is for wood. I thought I'd want wood trim on the windows but I'm actually digging the black trim.
- That dome swim up thing has to go. In all fairness it was my idea ( in theory not necessarily shape) and now I see it was a bad one. It blocks the view, it looks ugly, and we have enough places to "chill." Instead, I'd like to put in a bar / barbecue area and not where the current structure is located. That will be a TBD.
- On the roof where they have landscaping I'd like to add in solar panels. We'd like the house to be fully solar if possible, and this seems like a prefect place to put them.
And that's it!
Really, when you strip away all the stone* it's better than I could have imagined and now I can't wait to start working on the interior. We have some technical questions that we are waiting on answers to and of course, we will need a stone free rendering, but I can't believe I am saying that this is actually what the Costa House is going to look like. Next week I'll post about the interior but I can tell you it's also pretty perfect. I wish I could share some monumental takeaway about why this initial process was successful but really it was just hiring a great architect and providing a ton of pictures. I knew what I wanted from the beginning and really, this is it! Xx
* Can you tell how I feel about the stone?
P.S. (I think that last picture is supposed to be me in a raft floating around the infinity pool (that is our actual view) and I have to say I ain't mad at it.. not one bit).