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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One of the most dramatic design elements is the steel stair. How does it fit into the overall design and how was it built? JA: I built the garage behind what was the rental house 25 years ago. It's a three-car garage with guest quarters above. I built it myself. It's real, traditional 24-gauge corrugated steel with a crystalline texture. It used to be shiny and now it's a nice warm gray. I would have loved to do corrugated steel for the new house. But the commission would not let me do that. They wouldn't even let me do a corrugated roof. So we did a steel stair inside the house. I wanted a high ceil- ing in the main area—the interior is open to the 27-foot-high ridge. The steel stair rises from the basement to the upper-level master. Its structure preserves the openness of the space and allows light to pass through. There's also a section of glass floor for light transmission into the basement. The stair was custom built by a steel fabricator—a father- son operation. They've done a ton of work for us over the years. They fabricated the stringers in their shop and then site- built everything else. We didn't want any bolted connections, so they jigged it up and field-welded the pieces in place. The treads are 2-inch-thick maple with recessed clip angles. The stringers are steel tube. The treads do not deflect. The stair does not move; it doesn't even vibrate. Although, I have to admit the cats were a bit leery of it at first. SECTION | 1. Front Porch/Main Entry | 2. Living Room/Music Room Beyond 3. Kitchen | 4. Back Porch | 5. Catwalks | 6. Media Room | 7. Office 8. Wine Cellar | 9. Game Room 1. Living Room | 2. Dining Room | 3. Kitchen | 4. Music Room | 5. Bathroom | 6. Guest Bedroom | 7. Main Entry | 8. Media Room 9. Closet | 10. Master Bathroom | 11. Master Bedroom | 12. Balcony | 13. Catwalk | 14. Services | 15. Egress Ladder | 16. Office 17. Wine Cellar | 18. Game Room 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 LOWER LEVEL (LEFT) ENTRY LEVEL (MIDDLE) UPPER LEVEL (RIGHT) 14 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 VERBATIM

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