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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Given its adventurous designs, the firm has developed a rapport with local review agencies and seeks approval for a scheme as early as possible—even before showing the client to avoid disappointment if it doesn't fly. In this case, the plan- ning director worked with the team to bring the gray areas into line with the allowable bulk and square footage. The fact that the roof was 22 feet tall in the center meant that it could conceivably contain a second floor, which would increase the floor-area ratio. "He said, 'Look, we understand that the thing is morph- ing in space, and if we cut one section, it's maybe not in total compliance at this sliver, but if we move a foot away, you're in compliance,'" David says. "He agreed because the department wanted something that does more than mimic the relics of a bygone era, and here was a client willing to live on one level." With that hurdle cleared, the team created three-dimension- al digitized models that the clients could walk through virtually using a cell phone app. "It's amazing how, at a very simple level, "The clients didn't need closure between the living and private spaces, so other than acoustically seal them with glass, we didn't have to have some miscellaneous wall jutting into roof structure," David says. "It floats on steel columns above everything else." 44 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 CASE STUDY

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