A couple, having just completed a three-year renovation of their home, took a long look around and came to a startling realization: the house still would not do. Though the remodel had achieved all of their original goals, in the time it took to complete the work, their wants—and needs—had changed. “The house was in the Tuscan style, and though we did what we could to make it as contemporary as possible, in the end it just wasn’t what they wanted,” says designer Alan Cano.
“No sooner than right after we had finished, they turned around and said, ‘Alan, help us find a piece of property and an architect so we can build a brand-new house from the ground up.’ ”
That the husband and wife entrusted Cano to find both the site of their new home and the person who would design it was no surprise. The three had enjoyed a long and collaborative relationship: They had engaged Cano to compose not only the interiors of their home, but also those of the wife’s retail boutique. And, because his clients through the years had embraced a more and more modern aesthetic, Cano knew exactly which architect to call.
“I told them to take a look at Bercy Chen,” Cano says. “Their work is very out there, very different, and I thought it would be a good match.” The clients met with architect Thomas Bercy, and a match was indeed made. Bercy’s modernist approach was just what the owners were looking for, and his passion for and expertise in sustainable design dovetailed nicely with their interests.