|Spaces were expanded using the same exposed post and beam framing system and exterior materials, which made the expansion appear seamless and part of the original edifice. Inspired by the owner’s having lived in Japan, the guest bath was replaced with new fixtures and finishes, and outfitted with components mirroring a traditional Japanese bath.
Fixed glass, ventilating sash and sliding glass doors were replaced and expanded to optimize energy efficiency and to reinforce the visual connection with the extensive rear terrace and exterior landscaping into the renovated living area, family area, dining area and kitchen.
De Vlaming Residence
Fair Oaks, California
Constructed in the 1970's, this contemporary home was built by the Streng Brothers of Sacramento. While the interiors reflected a fresh interpretation of a traditional organization of spaces - with exposed post and beam framing, and simple understated interior materials - in today’s terms, the kitchen and living spaces lacked openness and connection with each other. Additionally, after nearly forty years of use, appliances, cabinets, lighting and flooring were simply worn out and needed to reflect the materials and technology available to homeowners of today.
The Thimgan Architectural Group’s design approach was to re-create a sense of openness from one area to another to complement the owner’s mode of daily living and to optimize every cubic foot of space available for the storage and preparation of food and cooking utensils. Insulating sliding glass doors and fixed glass were replaced to optimize energy efficiency and to re-establish the ease of bringing the outside to the interior spaces.
Constructed in the 1970’s, this contemporary home was built by the Streng Brothers of Sacramento. The interiors represented a traditional organization of spaces and lacked openness and physical connection with each other. After nearly forty years of use, the appliances, cabinets, lighting system and flooring were drab, functionless and, at the very least, unattractive.
The Thimgan Architectural Group design approach was to create an openness—both in size volume of spaces, and a free-flowing spaciousness from one area to another. To accomplish this, cabinets were limited to base cabinets, full height and above—counter cabinets where they wouldn’t impede a visual connection with space. Guests are by design an integral part of kitchen activities with the counter—height conversation and dining counters.
Fixed glass and sliding glass doors were replaced and expanded to optimize energy efficiency and to reinforce the connection with the narrow rear yard, swimming pool and terrace to the renovated family area, dining area and kitchen.
Nornhold Guest Residence
The main residence consisting of approximately 4,700 square feet was constructed in 2000 and replaced a mid-fifties farm home on a site of approximately 1.25 acres. The new Guest Residence and swimming pool was constructed in 2009.
This new Guest Residence of approximately 1,025 square feet was developed to accommodate visiting, overnight guests, and provide a venue for the owners’ aspiring competitive swimmers. The Thimgan Architectural Group design approach was to create an open and functional plan which could house the family’s many guests and over-night visitors, while being architecturally compatible with the main residence. Cathedral ceilings cap all the interior spaces varying in height from 9 foot to 17 foot heights, together with a 12 foot square skylight. The resulting interesting geometric volumes and shadows feature an open Living Area that opens completely to the exterior by utilizing stacking glass doors, and the pool deck spaces while creating intimate yet spacious rooms for sleeping, dressing and bathing. The spacious Indoor and Outdoor Kitchens are working spaces equipped with state-of-the-art appliances suitable for outdoor cooking, ample granite counter tops, and fully functional fixtures selected for entertaining a large number of guests.
The 25 meter swimming pool is overlooked by the private garden terrace of the main residence, and features visual connection with the entire pool and surrounding deck area. The pool has been designed to accommodate the family’s three children replete with racing lane targets, motorized pool cover, and related accessories. The pool’s shaded collonade which envelopes and visually screens two sides of the pool from nearby neighbors, is equipped with indirect lighting and seven horizontal fountains which spout water jets to the pool’s center, and are visible (and audible) from the main residence’s overlooking Terrace. A heated spa and adjacent fire pit provide supplemental heat for cool evenings.
This home was constructed in 2008 and replaced a mid-fifties ranch home on a modest site of approximately 17,680 square feet. In order that the benefits of the prevailing Northwesterly breezes be optimized for natural ventilation, the building was oriented such that all bedrooms utilized this natural resource effectively. Vehicular traffic entering and exiting the site utilize a circular entry drive scheme which permits guests and residents to safely exit to the private street while always driving forward.
This new residence of approximately 5,480 square feet evokes design influences derived from the architecture of Northern Italy. The Thimgan Architectural Group design approach was to create a sense of openness and volume through the building. Ceilings throughout the residence vary in height from 9 foot to 12 foot heights, featuring an open, free-flowing floor plan that weaves landscaped outdoor spaces into the building’s interior by large expanses of glass areas while creating intimate yet spacious rooms. The spacious Kitchen is a heavy duty working space equipped with state-of-the-art appliances, ample granite counter tops, and fully functional plumbing fixtures and accessories, and creatively placed task lighting - all ready to provide support for a large Dining Area capable of serving a dinner party of at least sixteen.
The Master Bath and Dressing Area overlooks a private garden and features an elevated bathing area and spacious open shower. The water closet and bidet are placed in a private enclosure easily accessible from the spacious and adjacent Master Suite, and opens into the spacious 16 foot square closet and mirror lined Dressing Area. A spacious and operable window brings and natural ventilation and light to this area without compromising privacy.
The Lanai overlooks a salt water swimming pool, spa and tropical landscaped areas to the rear of the site. Visitors catch glimpses of the outdoor areas as they enter and circulate throughout the polished limestone floored voluminous interior.