We love infill lots! Not only do we often find those bits of land in amazing neighborhoods, they can also come with mature landscaping. In this case it came with a big tree, right within our buildable footprint. The owner was interested in exploring options to work around the existing trees and shrubs. We developed a courtyard house concept, with two 3/4 courtyards, one as the main entry area, and one as a private dining patio. These courtyards divide the house into a public and a private wing. The journey between those spaces makes the house feel a lot more spacious.
Fun Fact: A floor plan like this really works best with a flat roof. With sloped roofs this project became a house sized puzzle game. The pictures show different variations we explored, as well as the final roof. After a lot of tweaking we managed to get all the eaves around each courtyard to the same height. Phew!