LISA CREGAN: I covet this house. How do you create something from brick and mortar that tugs so hard on the heartstrings?
BOBBY McALPINE: I think a lot of good architecture is like that. Remember that beautiful scene in the movie Out of Africa — the lions lying on the grave, wrapped in their own thoughts, unaware of being seen? I wanted this house to be that way. An approaching figure gets a glimpse of the composition, unwatched. It's like a little Episcopalian church in England — there's no front door, you enter from the side so you can enter unwatched. It implies a broad invitation.
And your inspiration for that perfect, simple swing?
Bobby Mcalpine: I like to take something that's almost Puritan and do something sexy with it, breaking all the rules. The swing is on a walkway between two gardens, and those gardens really were the point of this whole thing. Every magical place and good house has an offering, something so clear that it's forever memorable. This house's lesson is that there is a beautiful life to be had, and that a beautiful life is, in fact...simple.