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1909 Gardenia Drive — Cusimano Architect

1909 Gardenia Drive — Cusimano Architect

Located in the growing Oak Forest neighborhood, this home blends traditional forms with modern elements to establish a unique style. Natural materials coupled with sparse trim detailing produce a warm-yet-streamlined feeling. The layout offers ample interior livable space, while affording a large side yard as “backyard.” Efficient, organized spaces facilitate comfortable living as well as nearly effortless entertaining. L-shaped in form, the structure features a front-loading garage and public living spaces on the first floor, including a game room thoughtfully situated near the outdoor pool and pool bath. Four bedrooms comprise the second floor, with the master bedroom perched above the garage.

Upon entering, visitors will admire a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall steel entry door revealing an interior staircase that occupies the double-height space. To maximize the owners’ connectivity to the outside, large window walls facing west encourage the natural morning light and promote the use of the outdoors. A steel trellis, patio and summer kitchen grace a sizable green space. The garage doubles as a game room for kids with a garage door on front and back acting as a portal for neighborhood friends. The rear garage door opens to a covered outdoor living room for extended entertaining space.

The home’s material palette is composed of white painted artisan siding crafted with mitered corners and carefully coursed out to align with window and doors. Deep, exposed rafter tails align with each seam of the tailored metal roof. Through the use of abundant natural light and a variety of finished materials, the home achieves a fresh and energetic atmosphere.