Repeating elements in design makes good sense. A design with a hodge-podge of architectural elements can be confusing, and will tend to create an environment that doesn't seem planned or relaxing. And when designing a secondary structure for a property — as in the cooking pavilion pictured — the same ideas hold true. • The overall shape of the structure was based on a nearby bay window in the home. The stucco finish mimics the body of the home, and the barrel tile roof, rafter tails and columns were all details borrowed from the main house as well. • The Saltillo tile countertops are carried over from the porch floor, and the paint colors for the dark wood and the stucco are replicated from the house. Though constructed a decade after the home was built, you would easily assume the new pavilion had always been on the site. • Incorporating details like these may add to the overall expense of such a project, but the payoff is well worth it. Not only is the new structure aesthetically pleasing and functionally fantastic, but it effectively creates a new focal point for the pool area and garden, drawing guests to it, and consequently creating a new social dynamic for the home.
Scott Scherschel and Chip Vogel are designers with Interior Spaces Inc. If you have a design question for Interior Spaces, email your question with a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. A solution to your question could be used in a future article.