Welcome to our architectural review newsletter. This up-close look behind the scenes and the mind of Harry Gandy Howle reflects how each finished home is a project of energy and enthusiasm that represents an intense level of attention to details.
The first thing I always recommend is to seek local inspiration. Whatever your tastes in architecture, take a look around the region where you’re planning to build. Traditional, transitional and modern styles are likely to be reinterpreted in ways that are unique and appropriate to your area, including climate and lifestyle.
For example, after moving to Florida from South Carolina’s coastal area I studied the work of Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner. I adore classical architecture, but Mizner’s work led me to express myself in different and creative ways that work for our Florida, coastal communities.
A few year ago, clients who had an appreciation for Mizner’s work called on our firm to design their home in the community of John’s Island. The details, including arched doorways, exposed wood beams and wood floors are beautiful examples of Addison Mizner’s architectural style. The home has tremendous warmth and texture. This particular project was an opportunity to design something different and have a great deal of fun in the process. The result was a striking waterfront home that accurately portrays the Mizneresque style while also adhering to John’s Island community’s architectural requirements.
It’s beautiful architecture, but it’s also an excellent example of how to use reclaimed wood. All of the doors throughout the home are antiques and were purchased from numerous geographic locations. The exposed beams and floors throughout the home are also reclaimed wood. The clients felt strongly about using reclaimed materials and were willing to take the time needed to acquire them. My favorite find was probably the arched bathroom door in the downstairs powder room. It’s an exquisite antique and makes a dramatic statement all its own.