Brian Vanden Brink
Because of its distinct contemporary shingle-style character, Laissez-Faire has much more presence in its neighborhood than its relatively small square footage would imply. While one’s first impression of the house is of balance and simplicity, like much of PSD’s work a relatively high degree of complexity in form making and planning was necessary to achieve that first impression. Warm grey painted trim and window sash are more emphatic than weathered wood, but less bold and common that bright white. A stout column, also in warm grey, is a friendly sentinel welcoming visitors to a small entry porch cut into a gambrel-roofed bay that projects toward a simple arc-shaped drive and the street. Living spaces are arranged along the back of the house facing a salt water marsh and creek. Sophisticated but playful architectural details and decorating participate in a complex relationship of dynamic and calm spaces. Inside and out the overall effect reflects the gracious and urbane character of the owners and is well suited to the subtle but dynamic beauty of their property.