A secluded entry courtyard hides behind the decorative double doors of this Mediterranean-style home. Inside, high plant shelves mark the boundary between the living and dining rooms, both of which are vaulted. From the kitchen sink, you can keep tabs on the living room and nook, or gaze out across the covered terrace and beyond.
Click items to enlarge
Contemporary Cortez fits on narrow lot
The three-bedroom Cortez is a contemporary stucco home designed with a zero lot line concept in mind. It is only 38 feet wide and has no windows along the right side.
This design concept is brought into play when additional privacy is desired along one of the lot lines, or when a builder wants to construct two mirror-image units in a duplex configuration. This allows each of the units to have one wide side yard instead of two narrow ones.
If these concerns aren't relevant, windows could be added, but the home is already richly glassed. The rear of the Cortez has more windows than walls, facing out across a covered terrace that can be screened. Sliding glass doors provide access from the kitchen/nook area and owners' suite.
And from the dining room, you gaze into an enclosed courtyard through wide windows, crowned by an arched transom. Inside, a columned archway echoes the graceful curves of the windows and defines the boundary between the dining room and the airy, vaulted living room.
Counter and storage spaces are plentiful in the kitchen. A powder room is centrally located, close to the front door and a pass-through utility room that opens into the garage.
Amenities in the Cortez's generous owners' suite include a walk-in closet, linen storage, oversized shower, twin basins and an enclosed water closet. A small arched window brightens the stairwell leading upstairs to two more bedrooms that share a compartmentalized bathroom.