Modern at Tribella
Santa Ana, Calif.
Architect/Designer | Bassenian Lagoni
Builder | Trumark Homes
Land Planner | Cathcart Associates
Interior Designer | CDC Designs
Photographer | Chris Mayer Photography
Narrow lots and lack of outdoor space put more need and emphasis on common outdoor areas. With the close proximity of neighbors, privacy was an issue, so window opening were concentrated to the front and rear of the home. Reciprocal use easements were used to borrow side yards from neighbors to create one usable side yard per home.
With the large number of three-story row houses, the team faced the challenge of creating a livable community without becoming repetitious. A variety of styles and colors were used to help break up the street scenes.
Floorplan successes included zones by floor to allow for communal and private spaces, full side-to-side rooms to maximize space, and grouped windows that create privacy and maximize natural light throughout the home.
Judges appreciated the open floorplans and indoor/outdoor relationships and liked the front porch and second-floor balcony. A few special details of note are the eat-in area in the kitchen, as well as the separate dining area that offer residents options and the second-floor corner windows, allowing what could be tight, three-story living to feel less crowded.