Hidden away in the rolling wilds of Hillsborough, this rambling bungalow lives on a generously sized "gentlemen's farm". It's charms include an extra-wide wrap around porch, a chef's kitchen, and every possible thoughtful reclaimed bungalow detail you could imagine.
The owners of this lovely home entertain -- frequently, and sometimes for long periods. The bungalow, however, while firmly rooted to the ground on the front, hovered roughly 8 feet above the landscape on the back of the house, effectively cutting it off from it's lovely surroundings. The task was to connect the interior and the exterior of the house, allowing for alfresco entertaining of gatherings large and small.
Our solution was to construct a large sunroom off the back, perfect for chillier morning coffee and evening beverages. Connecting the sunroom, the existing wrap around porch, and the landscape at large, are tiered patios and gardens planted with herbs and wildflowers. While the steps meander downwards guarded by slender custom iron rails, the retaining walls of the patios act as casual seating for large gatherings. The piece de resistance is the final destination of the path, a reclaimed wrought iron pergola on its own patio, adjacent to the rose gardens.