Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: Open House

March 17, 2017

Located on a large, deeply forested lot in the lower White Pine Canyon area near Park City, this home celebrates its complete privacy with unobstructed views to the outdoors and shows an especially well-executed open floor plan.

Scott Jaffa, architect with Park City’s Jaffa Group, designed this glass cabin for an active family with young children. The views are unobstructed throughout the open floor plan and to the outdoors. The plan layers lengthwise. To the right of the front entry is a comfortable seating area of two matching sofas arranged around a stone fireplace. To the left of the fireplace, doors open to a large cantilevered concrete terrace. The terrace’s metal railings are thin and light to enhance transparency.

A second living area, defined by ceramic tiles forward from the entry, is furnished as a conversation area with four white molded chairs around a wooden coffee table. To the left of the entry the floor shifts to wood for the dining area. Off the dining area is another deep patio space for the barbecue and outdoor dining. Beyond the dining space is a kitchen, which is separated from the dining space by a long deep island.  There’s sufficient seating at the island for the family. The kitchen works well for serious home cooking; both times I visited there was a pot of something wonderful slow cooking.

Planned for busy children to actively play, the kitchen wall partitions a large play space for the children that is not part of the open plan. By being adjacent to the kitchen, there is always a watchful parent nearby.

Scott Jaffa has honed his open floor plans during the years I have worked with him, and he is masterful about well-defined yet uninterrupted living spaces. One of his measures of an open space is whether all the activity can be observed from the kitchen. The open floor plan allows for comfortably hosting large groups, and the home functions as much larger home than one would expect for approximately 3,500 square feet.

I took both day and evening photographs, and I think that the evening photos better show the home’s glass and its transparency while the day shots show the building materials and textures.

words and photos by: Scot Zimmerman

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