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Understated elegance. Japanese Wabi-sabi design focuses on minimizing the design to accentuate the beauty of the surrounding nature. This minimal approach is beautiful in itself. This view of the Meditation Pavilion shows the extension from the main structure over the pond. The low wrap-around deck allows the client to take in all angles of the surrounding beauty. Large eaves with a low-profile fascia and low hip carry the traditional Japanese roof line, emphasizing the horizontal line. Natural wood siding adorns the house and ties it to nature.


This design is straight-forward and sophisticated. Custom Japanese cedar (Sugi) cabinet panels hide most appliances and organization, allowing for a clean and refined look. The client selected a dark, soapstone-like quartz for the countertop and backsplash which creates a stunning contrast against the wood.

Floor Plan

This one-story home was designed to be modern, with traditional roots and elements in mind. The traditional Tsuboniwa, Engawa, and Genkan are a few of the elements that were crucial to the end design. Views and access to the outdoors are at the forefront, with lots of glass and sliding doors lining the perimeter. The plan is split mainly into 3 sections; living, quiet, and private to create the ideal environment for certain amenities according the client’s wishes.

Landscaping Plans

Designed in collaboration with USU LAEP student, Danny Fullmer. The goal of the landscape was to replicate traditional Japanese Gardens where possible and create a calm refuge from the busyness of life. A more formal arrangement on the North end of the house frames the home as guests arrive. Throughout the rest of the site, a more natural design was created with a walking trail and designated areas for a pool house and a Japanese rock garden. The rock garden is in the shape of Taiwan, a Southeastern Asian island with great significance to the client. Other traditional elements of Japanese gardens were incorporated throughout the site.