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LIFE UPSTAIRS

When devising residential floor plans for clients, the husband-wife architectural team of Peter Moor and Mary Juckiewicz also to try to build in another unusual element to the home. They want their clients to fall in love. “We like to tell clients that what we sell as architects is ‘house love,’” says Moor. “When Mary and I design a house for somebody, we feel it’s our responsibility to make them love it. What they love is not necessarily what we love, but we keep working at a design until we’ve achieved that for them.”

Ever since the couple designed a three-bedroom house in Vero Beach, Florida, for themselves and their two now grown children, it has been an enduring love affair. “I pinch myself every day,” says Juckiewicz, “for the gift of this house. Just today, this morning, I was noticing how the sun was changing and how it cast a different light over the dining table. We’re lucky to live in a place we love this much.”

The couple met as students at the New York Institute of Technology. After years of practicing architecture in Vermont and Manhattan, they relocated to the quiet coastal town of Vero Beach. They found an empty lot at the end of a dirt road tunneled with oak trees and decided it was the perfect site for what they now characterize as their “sanctuary”. They designed a house that Juckiewicz refers to as “upside down, or at monkey-level,” in that the public rooms are situated upstairs, while the bedrooms are down, at street level. “From the living room windows, we look at the palm fronds rather than the tree trunks,” says Juckiewicz, “not unlike monkeys swinging in trees.”

 

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ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN BY PETER MOOR AND MARY JUCKIEWICZ

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA GLYNN

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

 

This story appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of MILIEU.