No Yard? No Problem. This Louisville Home Still Offers Plenty of Outdoor Living Space

The home’s 2nd flooring is cantilevered in excess of a part of the rear deck, supplying the homeowners but an additional outside dwelling space. Photograph by Jess Blackwell.


How do you marry a narrow city good deal and a large desire for out of doors dwelling? Architect Andy Johnson has some strategies.

Situated on a slim whole lot in Previous Town Louisville, a tiny miner’s shack morphed more than time—“maybe 100 decades,” says architect and Louisville neighborhood Andy Johnson—to fill the obtainable house as many entrepreneurs found their family members increasing and their desires switching. Inevitably, the home outgrew its usefulness, when the large amount, of study course, never grew at all.

The property’s limited proportions, just 37 ft vast and 125 ft deep, did not deter its most current owners, Joe Jarriel and Trudy Neal, from selecting to replace the old composition with a modern day, strength-productive dwelling, made by Johnson and constructed by Ryan Wither of Buildwell. But the narrowness of the web-site intended that Johnson required an ground breaking strategy to grant his clients’ want for ample accessibility to outside area. “[Even with a modest-size home], there was no garden left,” Johnson suggests. “My customers didn’t want a garden and they did not want to maintain landscaping, but they did want a great outside environment.”

So Johnson, Jarriel, and Neal thought of what makes a spacious garden so appealing—natural light, home to entertain, entry to greenery and fresh air, and the elegance of the outdoors—and Johnson integrated these factors into the 2,300-square-foot residence. A included entrance porch features a perception of welcome to passersby, and the adjacent patio, outfitted with two Adirondack rockers, is the great place for the entrepreneurs to soak up heat summer season evenings. The home’s kitchen area opens—via sliding doorways on just one wall and a lender of home windows on an adjacent one—to the rear deck, making an perfect accumulating room following to a modest, turf lawn. And a second-level rooftop deck capabilities as a backyard exactly where company can linger in the vicinity of the treetops.

Further than merely carving out these spaces, Johnson regarded as how to join the home to its environment and locale. “I are inclined toward modern day design,” Johnson suggests, “and I imagine the way our neighborhoods come to feel is not about the fashion of properties but seriously about the massing and scale.” His structure interprets the area’s architectural history—small, useful residences with pitched rooflines and entrance porches—by bringing the front porch ahead, closer to the road, and shifting the gable-roofed 2nd story back to make the dwelling come to feel approachable. Inside, a sculptural stairwell ascends toward what Johnson calls “a light-weight well”—a lender of windows on the next ground that floods the quantity with all-natural light-weight and gives a perspective of the sky. Transparency plays a huge role through the residence, with large expanses of glass blurring boundaries concerning the interior and exterior. “I preferred people’s minds to be in a position to transport them outside the house,” Johnson suggests. “In this household, you generally have a way out, visually and bodily.”

What was once a little great deal with an aged, overgrown house is now a thoughtful home with an expansive aesthetic. What’s a lot more, the household delivers a powerful lesson to a metro area bustling with infill initiatives: “The smallness of a large amount does not stop any individual from possessing a connection to the outdoor,” Johnson claims. “To have that fresh new air, where the wind blows, the solar shines—you do not require a significant yard. You just have to be able to feeling it, to see it, to practical experience it.”

Structure Pros:

Architecture: Andy Johnson, DAJ Layout
Design: Ryan Wither, Buildwell
Landscape Architecture: Chris Schroeder and Brady Smith, 1st Eco-friendly Colorado

This report appeared in the April/May perhaps 2022 issue of 5280 Residence.

Hilary Masell Oswald

Hilary Masell Oswald

Hilary Masell Oswald is the editor at large for 5280 Property and a 5280 contributor.