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Cortland Residence

Nicholas Design Collaborative

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Peter Nicholas, Nicholas Design Collaborative

Project Name

Cortland Residence


1744 W. Cortland Ave.


Project Status


Year Completed



5,300 sq. feet


Sherif and Melanie Mityas


  • Peter Nicholas
  • Jacob Wahler
  • Janeen Harrell
  • Oren Shoemaker


  • : Quest Design Group
  • Structural Engineer: The Structural Shop



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Project Description

The Cortland Residence is a 3 level home located in a dense urban neighborhood for working parents and their two children.

The house was designed to provide privacy and solitude for the Owners by creating a strong connection between interior and visually protected exterior spaces. Two courtyards act as organizing elements and the focus for the interior. Privacy is achieved by the arrangement of building forms which block vision from the street. Courtyard walls are defined by planes of glass, cedar and wood panels.

In the main courtyard, water elements create a focus and patio space is positioned next to the family room which is able to expand to the exterior by opening a folding glass wall.

With a double lot (49’) site, the house matches the height of smaller neighbors and the building form broken down into discrete volumes to realize a similar scale.
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