01 / 03 / 2012
This house was built on a 50-foot lot as simply and inexpensively as we could make it. It had bearing block walls, a flat roof, stock windows and stucco and drywall finishes. “What was special about the house was the pavilion living area with its 10-foot ceiling, fullheight glass walls and visual extension to the outdoors. We took advantage of the heavily planted neighboring lots for the view from the living pavilion and porch, but the remainder of the four-bedroom house turns inward, providing a contrasting experience in the more intimate bedroom and service spaces. “The simplicity of form required perfect detailing,” said Seibert, showing that he is as comfortable with the author’s pen and the architect’s pencil. “A successful flat-roof design requires clean flashing and perfectly straight gravel stops and a way for the water to leave the roof without staining white walls. Both interior and exterior walls had to be perfectly fair and flat so that the spare geometry would have perfect shadows in the strong Florida light. ‘Less is more,’ but the ‘less’ must be flawlessly done.” “Clarity of concept and meticulous detail and workmanship, using ordinary materials, are what make this design work,” wrote Seibert in a 2001 article for the St. Petersburg Times, on the occasion of the house’s selection for a 25-year “Test of Time” award from the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.