Mind Retreat

Norfolk, VA

Type/ Residential
Time/ 2019
Client/ Private
Status/ Under Construction

This project was initiated as our first Vision Workshop in 2019. The client came to us wanting to add an in-law suite and a pool in the backyard.   Since the in-law suite was only going to be used as such for only one or two months out of the year, we suggested during our Vision Workshop that the building project should double as a pool house.  Along this line of thinking, the client also wanted the living room of new addition to have the ability to become multifunctional, with the current intent to be able to double as the daughter’s informal dance studio. Having this vision of the design set, it ties all the outdoor living spaces together and creates a new multi-function center as a getaway  for the family to relax and unwind. 

One important space in the design for this addition is the area that serves as the connector between the main house and the new addition. When we toured the site for the first time, the client, who has three kids, said that one space she really wanted was a quiet library area, where she could sit and enjoy reading and a little solitude. She acknowledged that she didn’t think there could be a place like that in the house. In the new design for the addition, we created a small library for her within the connector from the main house to the guest suite/ pool house addition, full of natural light and with a view of the pool and surrounding area.

Front Yard

Back Yard


Before & After

Moveable Furniture Diagram

Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2
Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2
Hirano Final image
Carolino Outdoor Space Final 2

Denise & Levette

"We are EXTREMELY fortunate to have the talent of GARC in our community. I have rarely encountered people with such professionalism, kindness, and a sincere desire to help their clients achieve their dreams. If you are blessed enough to learn of their company, there is no need to search anymore! You will have found the team to take your vision into reality. GARC, I give you 20 out of 10 stars! We will always remember and be grateful for what you have contributed to our family."