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Houses stay in families for generations. Windowless walls are accepted without even knowing the human impact. Interesting parts of the original fabric are carelessly tossed aside. Limited exterior views thru tiny windows are considered normal. Interior circulation becomes cumbersome and that becomes normal. Exterior gardens and pathways are ignored.
Hit the undo button. Start with Ando. The sunken garden begged us to reach out. An old tree served as a focus. The rolling landscape wanted inclusion. There was an ardvark. There was a conversation in sculpture. Modern glass panels at 50% off. Now you can sit in a chair surrounded by nature while reading a book. The Porte Cochere now feels part of the family.
Unification of the interior (vertically) and exterior (horizontally). And gentle steps to the sunken garden.