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The house is centered around entertaining, with a lot of outdoor living room and lounge areas. "It's all designed to work in the context of a day at leisure," the architect explains. The master bedroom gets eastern sun, and its private deck has direct access to the pool for a morning dip; the indoor/outdoor spaces invite lounging beneath the midday sun; and as the sun drifts around to the west, the outdoor lounge faces the sunset."
"When you do custom homes," Makoid says, "you find out more and more about the clients: how will they use the house, how much light they like, how much privacy they want." But when McBryde decided to put the house up for sale, "Suddenly it became a house not for someone I was starting to know very well but for buyers we'd never met. There were a million little decisions we focused on."
In the spot originally meant to be a home office with a private balcony, the architect and client decided instead to put in a full bathroom and closet. "And on the ground floor, we converted the powder room and media room into a bedroom with a full bath. Now the house has five bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom."
"A big, big decision was to refinish the basement," McBryde adds. The media room was relocated there, along with a laundry room and full bath, and the area was carpeted. Makoid also installed a locked storage area in case the future owner might someday want to rent the house.
McBryde decided to sell the house as "a turnkey solution," and she worked with Form Architecture to furnish it down to the towels, curtains and chandeliers. "About 75 percent of the furniture, even a daybed and bed frame, was custom-made as well."
Mackoid's passion is modern design. "It's what got me into architecture," he says. "But it was adventurous to do a modern house for sale. That probably separated out about 90 percent of the buyers. Much to Marnie's credit, she believed in the work we were doing, that we could sell a house that was special, that didn't have to be shingle-style." Her faith in her plan and in Makoid's design was justified. The day after an open house for realtors and buyers, the house was sold.