Located on a golf course in Boca Raton, this gray, boomerang-shaped, decidedly contemporary house stands out from its pastel-colored Mission-style neighbors. The owners, a couple of empty nesters, initially intended to build a vacation home. In the process, they were so satisfied with the result, they made the house their primary residence. The couple wanted to have a smaller house with an open plan and a lot of character. While working with the existing design, several major adjustments were made: interior walls were rearranged to create an uninterrupted flow between all public rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows were expanded for seamless indoor-outdoor transitions. The house’s central axis runs from the front door to the pool at the back of the house, emphasized by the floor: large porcelain tiles that meet at the “spine”. Inside, the focus is on quality materials and craftsmanship, with custom-designed built-ins, visually interesting textures, and a mix of old, new, and custom furnishings for a look that is “soft modern” – clean and crisp but not minimal and sterile. A number of understated–yet sophisticated—references to art history add aesthetic interest and timelessness to the design. Some of the house’s interior walls, surfaces, and textures as well as spatial strategies drew inspiration from the architecture of Luis Barragan, Tim Button having shared with the clients several books on the architect early in the process.