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Leafy Way, Miami, Florida by Upstairs Studio Architecture

Project name:
Leafy Way
Architecture firm:
Upstairs Studio, Inc.
Miami, Florida, USA
Venjhamin Reyes Photography
Principal architect:
Maricarmen Martinez
Design team:
Maricarmen Martinez, Monica Socorro, Daphne Mershon, Renata Mascarenhas, Patricia Ponce, Karina Porcari, Graceann Nicolosi
Interior design:
Assure Interiors
Built area:
Existing Building Footprint: 4670 ft²; Existing Sqft Under Ac: 3540 ft²; New Sqft Under Ac: 780 ft²
Site area:
2190 ft²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
THM Structural Engineers
Environmental & MEP:
RPJ, Inc. Consulting Engineers
Tools used:
MJ Group Enterprise, Inc.
Tongue And Groove Wood Ceilings, Glass, Metal, Concrete. Kitchen Materials: Lacquer Cabinets, Butcher Block Island, Quartz Countertops, Heath Tile Backsplash.
Residential › House

Upstairs Studio Architecture: Nestled within a verdant hammock of 100-year-old oak trees, the Leafy Way addition is a stunning example of modern architecture fused with traditional design elements, located in the lush tropical environment of Miami. This exceptional property is situated on one of the few private roads in the area, providing a haven of tranquility amidst the city's bustling energy. 

The addition to the house was meticulously designed with the aim of creating a seamless outdoor living experience, while retaining all the comforts and conveniences of an indoor space. The existing two-story screened porch was transformed to create a contemporary great room, housing the kitchen, casual dining, family room, and study loft. The new space maintains its connection to the outdoors by bringing the daily functions of the home closer to the landscape, creating a natural flow between the interior and exterior spaces. 

During the project, the team took great care to preserve as many of the original architectural elements as possible. The original casings, trims, overhangs, Cuban tile and wood floors, as well as the exquisite wrought iron staircase railings, were all carefully incorporated and integrated into the new design. This preservation adds a layer of depth and historical significance to the house. 

The result is a harmonious and elegant space that effortlessly blends the old with the new and stands as a testament to the power of thoughtful design.

By Liliana Alvarez

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