1921 — Catalina Classic
Custom Residence | New build | -6,001 to 10,000 square feet of finished space
This custom new home was designed and built with the intention of becoming a long-lasting classic forever home for a young family of 5 to grow in. It needed the space to spread out and entertain, it needed the architecture and style to withstand the test of time, and it needed the flexibility to handle all stages of life with all ages their kids will transition through. An important space for this family was the great room housing the kitchen, breakfast, and family tv room to do practical everyday life within. Another important space was the sunroom off of the primary suite for mom and dad to relax in at the end of the day while also being a beautiful space to look out onto the pool. The homeowner wanted outdoor access from the pool to the basement for easy entertainment. So he designed a lower level courtyard that functions as a transition space from the back covered patio down stairs to the lower level where you can go straight to the bar, pool table, movie area, and most importantly, the full bathroom with a classy industrial speak-easy vibe and a tiered steam shower for relaxing with buddies much like a sauna provides.
When designing such a large scale home all at once, the goal for a traditional style is to make it feel collected, traveled, curated, and intentional over a period of time instead of looking all new. We didn’t want this home to look like a new build from the 2020’s that dates itself in 10 years. We wanted it to feel timeless and classic, but the tricky part is to still make it interesting and not completely predictable. Durability of products with young kids, practicality of how things function for everyday life, and sensible layouts were all topics we collaborated on.
One way we tackled the challenges above was to incorporate other colors that still have neutral undertones that repeat in different ways in other spaces. Such as a gray color for the library bookshelves, a charcoal navy for the laundry room, a muted forest green for the butlery & basement bathroom, and a dark iron for the basement bar and media center. These choices help break up the monotony of white and walnut cabinetry throughout while also not being bold enough to look like too strong of a color. They add depth and character that compliment the walnut cabinet accents, and marble countertops. Plus, they’re colors that will go with any future furnishings, accents, or window treatments the homeowner may want to incorporate. A few different finishes were used throughout the home as well. Polished nickel was chosen for hardware and plumbing in the primary bathroom among a couple of other bathrooms while aged brass was chosen for the kitchen, bar, and laundry. The boys bathrooms used a combination of aged brass and matte black for a bit more youthful masculine twist. This decision, along with crystal knobs on the main level, add to the home feeling full of stories and purpose rather than all matchy matchy from one time period. Each living space, kids bedroom, and every bathroom, has its own mixture of selections and feeling it provides to stand out as special unlike the other spaces. This is the goal, to make each space unique and special while also designing a completely cohesive home that makes sense as a whole.
Wendlandt & Stallbaumer Architects
Kara Kersten Design