John Elsner wanted his own home to have the essential qualities of his childhood home, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin. “The more you live in [Frank Lloyd Wright's] spaces, the more you get a sense of what he does with light, rhythm, compression and form. There’s a sense of discovery.”

John and his wife Jennifer chose Caroline because of her project showcased as one of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles’ 2008 Homes of the Year. “I welcomed the opportunity to study and apply the principals of Frank Lloyd Wright work,” Caroline says.

The house pivots around the refrigerator/pantry/bookcase volume much like hearth of a Frank Lloyd Wright home. The path around this volume leads through the elevated desk area, by the indoor planter box and finally up to the living room. The vista from this glass living room takes in the entire rear yard and pond. You are no longer an observer but actually part of the beautiful scene.

Interior design: owner Jennifer Lab-Elsner and Chuck Ward of Phillips Abbey Carpet

Contractor:   Mike Sarkozy Construction


  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Mid-Century architectural style
  • Garden focused
  • Abundant natural light

This home is also featured in San Diego Home & Garden’s article “Going the Wright Way”. Click here to view the full article.