Located away from the road behind another house, the original building was part of Moore’s Hearse Livery and used as a vehicle depot. After some changes, this building turns out to be a residence in 1980’s. The courtyard’s brick wall is the only thing that left.
Taylor Smyth Architects, working with William Fulghum Design Associates, gutted the two-story structure to bare pillars. They also enhances the main features of the residence with a contemporary light-filled interior that combines a rich palette of wood, stone, bronze and leather. To complement the design, they select new furniture for all spaces. Signature wall and ceiling fixtures throughout the home combine 1960s antiques with modern ones.
There’s a built-in millwork on the entry hall to welcome the guest. They incorporate it with walnut, lacquered wood and custom closet doors of leather trimmed in bronze. They attach a linear gas fireplace to the dramatic wall of dark veined stone trimmed in bronze.
The home’s most remarkable features are a pair of landscaped ivy-covered courtyards that flank the den, and the spacious roof terrace above.
A single ceiling area unites the living and dining areas, appearing to float away from the wall by the incorporation of soft indirect lighting around it, and penetrated by two skylights that flood the space with light. The living room features a stone and walnut-clad fireplace.
The stairs to the second floor are equipped with skylights. It continues up to a large private landscaped terrace with raised-planters and a series of decks for seating and entertaining spaces. A custom random vertical slats wood screen creates a rich composition of light and shade, hiding the second floor’s wall.
The second floor consist of a master bedroom, bathroom with walk-in-closet, as well as a second bedroom and bathroom. The main bathroom is lit through a tinted back painted-glass screen by natural light spreading from the skylight on the staircase. Inside, statuario marble and charcoal-colored porcelain tiles create a dramatic contrast between light and dark.