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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Although the exterior design is instantly recognizable as a bungalow, when you look closely, the detailing is quite modern. Can you explain how you played with the form? JA: The exterior is a traditional, three-coat cementitious stucco—not synthetic; it's the real thing. The color coat is manufactured here in town. It has a float finish that's sponged to float the aggregate out to the top. It's a finish that can ex- press the sharp edges of the architecture. We had wanted a lot of big windows and glass on the exte- rior, but the commission wouldn't let us do big windows. So I found very big terrace doors that were designed for high-rises and used them instead on the front porch. The porch is on the north side, so we didn't need the deep overhang for sun pro- tection, but it's lovely to sit out here even in a light rain. The doors do have manual, chain-drive roller shades for privacy, and other windows are shaded as well. Remotes can be added to them later, if we want. The shades for the large 12-foot sliding glass door on the west side, though, operate on a remote. That's the side where you see the pitched roof cleave to allow a tree to pass through? JA: Yes. That tree is 90 feet tall, 80 to 90 years old, and 18 inches in diameter. We carefully demoed the old house around it. And then we basically notched the new house to go around the tree, and laid out the plan around that concept. It made sense to get a lot of glass around the west face of the notch. The electronic shades for the glass filter about 20 percent of the heat gain. The roof is essentially a cold roof. One of the issues of doing the composition shingle roof is they won't let you install it over insulation. So it's insulated with 2 inches of urethane foam sprayed in, then there's a plastic membrane vapor barri- er. There's a second roof built with 2-by-4s, and that's sheeted and shingled. Air moves through and out the ridge vent. It's cooler in summer and warmer in winter. You've lived in the neighborhood for more than 40 years. Why did it take you so long to build your own house? JA: I was always so busy. We started the firm doing residential work; now we're doing about $100 million in public school work. It's the public school work that's allowed me to build a house and buy a Tesla. But, you know, we live close to downtown, close to concert venues and restaurants, and I commute 65 feet to work—if I could get away with it, I'd love not to drive at all. This page: The new house wraps around a majestic tree, and incorporates a garage building Jon built 25 years ago to create a courtyard. Preserving the tree drove the floor planning and overall design of the house. 15 VOL. 5, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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