Local architect and University of Miami Assistant Professor Jacob Brillhart and his wife, architect Melissa Brillhart built their dream home in the quiet, historic Miami River neighborhood of Spring Garden.

The one-story self-build project “reflects a new architecture for the tropics”, taking cues from local construction techniques and materials during the design process.

Designed to be sustainable and reflective of local vernacular architecture, this tropical dream home is elevated five feet above the ground, including 100 feet of uninterrupted glazing – 50 feet spanning the full length of both the front and back sides. Furthermore, four sets of sliding glass doors allow the residence to be entirely open when desired. Two porches at both the front and rear of the plan not only provide additional floor space, but also ensure privacy and protection against the region’s elements.

Inside, sleeping quarters make up the west half of the house, while the east portion is occupied by an open-plan living, dining and kitchen space.

In the main living space, a single wall of shelving allows for storage, while freeing up the longer facades for glazing. The kitchen units and island are located on the opposite side. Most of the interior fittings comprise a palette of American cherry wood and muted tones.

The Brillhart House can be seen as an extreme example of the DIY shift that consolidates the essential elements of local historical architecture in a contemporary structure that perfectly blends into the lush vegetation of the landscape.

You can see more photos and learn more about the home by visiting BrillhartArchitecture.com.

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