|When Anna Griffiths & Rick Hermanson first came to the office to
discuss plans for their new home, they had already formed a deep
attachment to the parcel of land on which they wanted to build, and to
the rocks which covered it. One massive boulder in particular had
caught their attention - shaped like a huge couch, it had become the
focus of picnics and climbing games with the kids.
Today the house sits moored to that couch rock like a ship to a small
island. A cascade of water flows between the boulder and the house
through a rock-floored living porch down to a rock-lined koi pond.
rock theme continues inside - not only in the massive hearthstones but
even to a boulder set on end, standing sentinel in a corner of the
living room. The concrete floor flows around it, colored by Rick's
artist hand to resemble the ocean here, a cave painting there.
Rick's eye for color is seen too in the faux-copper patina to the window frame
exteriors and in the strong wall colors forming Mondrian-like geometries
throughout the house, while Anna's profuse plantings add exotic accents
to the woodland landscape all around.
At just 1400 square feet (the
minimum size allowed by neighborhood covenants) the highly organized
plan contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library/study, a small
studio for Rick's sculpture, and a two-level living/dining kitchen
space, as well as a laundry room and foyer.
The house hugs the earth
and seems part of the earth. A multitude of glass doors dissolves the
boundaries between outside and in. Even Anna & Rick's bathroom
contains a door to the outside, giving access to an outdoor shower in
addition to the big soak tub and shower within.
Though simple in form -
a rectangle indented at opposite corners to form entry porch and living
porch - the house sits comfortably and at ease amidst the chaos of
stone, reflecting Rick & Anna's deep feeling for the landscape in which
it is set.