Size: Main House -- 1786 sf interior, 598 sf verandas; Basement -- 900 sf interior, 255 sf patio over exterior cistern.
Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Three bedroom, three bathroom house with recreation area in basement which doubles as a potential one bedroom rental apartment.
This project is a case study in design for extremely steep sites without creating massive free-standing retaining walls. The site is a half-acre lot with a slope slightly steeper than 2:3 (67%). Our approach was to use a single-room deep plan on the Main Level where the open-plan layout of the living spaces allows for excellent cross-ventilation, even though the entire rear wall is built into the hillside. The Upper Level features a rear module containing all of the service areas for that level.
The client desired a contemporary style, including flat roofs to accommodate a future solar array. However the Master Bedroom features a vaulted ceiling to introduce a bit of tradition and a special feature for the owner's private space.
This design is available for purchase and adaptation to other similar sites.