Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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When I first submitted it to the Landmarks Commission, they seemed to really love it. I went back several times and we made some changes. Then it came time for the six commis- sioners to vote on it. Only one commissioner voted yes—the one architect on the panel—and all the others voted no. I was pretty shocked because one of the things the guidelines stressed was they didn't want to replicate historic styles. So I took it to the city council, which was a huge deal to do. But they refused to hear it, and said they would abide by the decision of the commission. I let the whole thing sit for two years. Then I decided to bend my principles and do a house I knew would get approved. Tell us about the goals of the new design. JA: We set out to downsize, but we ended up with about the same size house. The new house occupies a footprint of about 1,000 square feet. My wife plays the piano, so we needed a music room for her 7-foot grand piano. We also love to listen to music and have a high-tech stereo inside the cabinets in that room. There are six sets of hardwired speakers, four in the house and two outside. We play LPs and stream music. This page: Jon and his wife, Laura, love music and entertaining friends, so the house devotes most of its square footage to those purposes. 12 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 VERBATIM

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