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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On the top floor, we have a 600-square-foot master suite and a media room. The first floor and lower level have bedrooms for when the kids come to stay. My son lives in Van- couver, Canada, so when he visits it's usually a longer stay. The entertaining spaces are much bigger than our old house and are what we emphasized in the design. We wanted a great open kitchen, because when we have guests over or the kids are in town, we cook. Guests can sit and have a glass of wine or chop vegetables, if they want. It's a perfect setup for that kind of entertaining. We have several workspaces, an eat-in bar, and a casual dining area. It's funny, at one time I thought I would be sitting at the bar most of the time, but I usually end up sitting at the table. The other critical aspect of the design was that we wanted it as energy efficient as possible. We're going for LEED Platinum. We hired a consultant, but it's still a ton of work. Once we've gotten that platinum certification, we'll go for Net Zero. We have a solar array on the roof, and the year before I in- stalled the array our power company stopped paying for excess power. But we can run the whole house with it—the heating, air conditioning, appliances, lighting—and we power the guest house and garage. I even have a Tesla that I can charge with it in the garage. We do have gas cooking and a gas water heater, but I think I can make up for those with the excess power. This page: Jon and his wife love the look of Carrara marble, so their builder, Paul Kenderdine, installed waterfall slabs in the kitchen and matched them with honed 12x12 floor tiles for a "stripe down the middle" of the house. The centerpiece of the building is the steel open stair, which was site-built and field-welded into place. 13 VOL. 5, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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