Habitat: Home brings together Eastern and Western elements
KENT — A plan to build a home reminiscent of the French countryside on Fuller Mountain Road went in a completely different direction years ago when the property owners met with their architect.
Bob and Essie Krish said they had a vision in mind when they bought the hillside property at 221 Fuller Mountain Road. But their architect proposed an idea he said would fit better with both the 22.5-acre surroundings and the Krishs’ own personal history.
He came up with a modern and unique design that soon won them over because it blended together elements of the couple’s Eastern and Western cultures. Essie is from the Philippines and Bob is from New York.
The architect proposed building a home in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright — known for “organic architecture” that blended with its surroundings. “He said, ‘I have a modern design I can do that can include your backgrounds,’” Essie Krish said. “It’s a house custom made for you two.”
The end result is a contemporary design “with a touch of orient,” including nearly-flat sloping steel roofs and a two-tone white and green exterior with red trim around the home’s 125 windows.
The four-bedroom home extends in a “U” shape around a garden area. And the property includes a patio, enclosed porch and brook with a 40-foot bridge.
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“It is so nature-oriented,” Krish said. “·Each window you look out, there’s a different view.”
Krish said the combination of glass and stone, which can be found on the inside in a fireplace and wall details, is typical of the Frank Lloyd Wright style. The two sided fireplace sits in between the living room and dining room, Krish said.
The interior also includes iron banisters and exposed beams across the ceiling.
Krish said she embraced the architect’s east meets west vision for the home, in the garden found at the center of the “u” shape.
“I didn’t want just any kind of a garden, I wanted something more oriental,” she said.
She and her husband, while on a business trip in China, decided they would make a stop in Japan to find inspiration. The garden includes ideas that they found while touring gardens on that trip, including carefully-raked pebbles, stones and plants that are purposefully spread out over the space.
Another favorite part of the property, Krish said, is the privacy. The house is set back from the road by a 0.75- mile driveway and for the most part isolated from neighbors.
”We fell in love with how peaceful it is,” Krish said.
The home is on the market for $1.8 million.