When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier this 12 months, Cody Derrick was higher ready than many. He had already completed constructing a home in Salt Lake Metropolis that was designed to function a refuge.
“I hold saying ‘sanctuary’ as a result of I can’t fairly discover one other phrase,’” mentioned Mr. Derrick, 40, the founding father of Cityhome Collective, an actual property and inside design firm. “How did this get so timed up in order that I could possibly be positioned in quarantine, have a few associates over which are in my quarantine pod, and unexpectedly we’ve received a little bit sanctuary the place we will disintegrate, cry, meditate, do some yoga and work actually onerous?”
After proudly owning a couple of houses that weren’t fairly proper, he had been intent on constructing a home that mirrored his private experiences and needs.
He had lived on the foot of the Wasatch mountain vary (too distant) and in an city condominium (not sufficient connection to the outside). What he actually needed, he realized, was a single-family home in a walkable neighborhood.
His seek for land ended at a dilapidated former meth home, inbuilt 1893, on an extended, slim lot within the tree-lined neighborhood of ninth and ninth.
Mr. Derrick purchased the home for $234,000 in 2015, demolished it (which required cleansing all of the particles earlier than it could possibly be recycled) and commenced working with Sparano and Mooney Architecture to design his dream home.
“He needed to see how fashionable structure could possibly be inserted into this context of a longtime neighborhood that was a little bit bit rundown,” mentioned Anne Mooney, a principal on the agency.
However Mr. Derrick didn’t need simply any modernist home, she added. He needed one thing transcendent: “He actually has this concept of dwelling as type of a sacred area.”
As Mr. Derrick put it, “I’m not a spiritual particular person, however I’m a really religious particular person.”
He was dedicated to constructing a home that was uniquely his personal, so he rejected typical concepts like the belief single-family home wants a number of bedrooms.
His 2,000-square-foot home would have only one bed room, he determined, as a result of that’s all he and his canine, Pearl, wanted. (A separate multipurpose room serves as a pool home, yoga studio and visitor suite.)
“I’ve been speaking to folks my complete profession about being unapologetically true to what we really feel will likely be most nourishing, inspiring or supportive for us,” Mr. Derrick mentioned. “So I simply went for it.”
Sparano and Mooney designed a house based mostly on the thought of an extended field of black-stained cedar and stucco, selectively minimize away in some areas. “We sliced these voids into this singular mass to carry nature into the area in numerous methods,” Ms. Mooney mentioned.
A carport on the entrance is “a contemporary tackle a neighborhood entrance porch,” she defined, which ends up in an entrance corridor and, past, to an open, loft-like front room and kitchen with 17-foot ceilings, the place a slender slice of home windows runs flooring to ceiling by the eating desk.
The most important cutaway makes area for a courtyard with a pool behind the lounge, and a bridge-like hallway gives entry to the main bedroom within the again, whereas additionally creating area for a hammock.
Mr. Derrick felt no must have a separate toilet for his bed room suite. As a substitute, the tub sits proper beside the mattress, the self-importance is instantly behind his headboard and mirrors are suspended in area (a small, separate room accommodates the bathroom).
The objective, he mentioned, was to have views of the bushes exterior, whether or not he’s studying in mattress or brushing his enamel.
When it got here time to complete the inside, he needed to offer it an instantaneous sense of character. “I really feel like homes ought to have a patina,” he mentioned, though that may be tough to realize in a brand new constructing. “I needed items that had lived a life already, in order that after they got here collectively there could be a way of liveliness.”
His selections ranged from antiques, together with a pair of Italian crystal chandeliers and a 19th-century Gothic wardrobe, to modernist items like a low-slung sectional from Molteni & C and Wishbone chairs by Hans J. Wegner. Equipment embody succulents in weathered pots, antlers, mismatched brass candlesticks, a cranium and crystals.
He additionally needed to recreate favourite parts of his earlier houses, together with the ambiance of the eating room in his condominium, which was painted a greenish black. “I used to be obsessive about the colour of that eating room,” he mentioned. “Every little thing felt good in there.”
So he determined to color everything of his new dwelling the identical colour.
By the point he was completed within the fall of 2018, he had spent one other $900,000.
“It’s fascinating to toss something on the market in your future, after which present up and have it’s higher than what you had anticipated,” he mentioned. “I’m simply actually grateful.”