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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Continuing around to the west side of the house, trees are planted in front of a fence, so the bedrooms feel like they're out- side. The roof drops to about 18 inches above the bath bar, where glass acoustically privatizes the three bedrooms from each other and the living space, but light can travel between the rooms. Servicing those rooms is the bathroom-and-closet core with a gray plaster finish—a serendipitous decision that came late in the game. As David tells it, "There were these gray dumpsters that sat in the front yard. Every time we went to the jobsite, their color became more compelling, until the client said, 'Let's use plaster the same color as the dumpster. We ac- tually peeled off a bit of the paint and took it to the paint store for custom mixing. When they said, 'What shall we call this?' we said, 'Dumpster Gray.'" At 3,600 square feet, the house is not exactly small, but it is intimately scaled compared to most other new homes in this premium market. The goal wasn't to produce as many square feet as possible to maximize the appraisal value, but to craft an intricate jewel box with quality finishes. "Here was a client willing to live with three bedrooms and a single place to cook, eat, and live," David says. "They don't need the ubiquitous guest rooms one and two or a giant mudroom. Living within that folded tent on one floor is compelling, and you couldn't do that with a second story." Far from being a replica, it's a singular, shimmering expres- sion of how the owners want to live. While the front elevation's stone walls temper the copper roof peaks and glass, the rear elevation unfurls them like the wings of a soaring bird. 48 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 CASE STUDY

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