In response, Guthrie organised the house around an internal concrete courtyard: the main house is effectively an L, with the living spaces and main bedrooms on the outside axis: a bunkroom, extra bedrooms and the garage slip around the courtyard, creating a north-facing, sheltered spot in the middle of the house. Floor-to-ceiling glass means you can see through the house, so you’re never far from the view.
The living area connects with a protected internal courtyard, which receives the western afternoon sun. The courtyard is finished in concrete pavers and has a concrete outdoor wood-burning fireplace with a built-in barbecue grill. As an alternative to an interior hall space, this courtyard acts as a way of connecting all the rooms of the house.