Guest Architect

Manny Gonzalez

KTGY Group

Irvine, Calif.


California dream: "We have wonderful architecture in California, and Monterey is one of the richest," says Gonzalez of his understated elevation. A stucco exterior, simple details--like a wood railing--and an uncomplicated roof form with mission tile keep costs down.

Court of appeal: An essential element of historic Southwest homes is reintroduced here, complete with a fireplace for chilly evenings and a wall fountain and cistern for cooling off during the warm Santa Ana's of late summer.

Optional bonus room increases plan area by 200 square feet.

Loft space is tech area with plenty of room for two monitors, a printer, and work area, and is open so parents can supervise Internet surfing.

Deck off master bedroom provides semi-outdoor space and adds to Monterey architecture.

Sitting area gives parents much-needed quiet space for reading and relaxing.

"Martha Stewart" craft room serves many purposes, including potting shed for gardeners.

Small rear yard is perfect size for vegetable or cutting garden.

Alley-loaded, two-car garage removes auto from front, enhancing the street scene.

"Control center" kitchen has views to courtyard, dining, and family rooms.

Dining alcove with built-in buffet cabinet is a step up from nook.

Fireplace creates focal point for courtyard.

Flex room could be den/office, fifth bedroom, or formal dining room.

Formal living room opens to courtyard for indoor/outdoor entertaining.

If used as a home office, this separate front entrance keeps people from traipsing through private areas.

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