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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Out and In First order of business was to excise the light-blocking elevator and fill in the lower level swimming pool. "I'm sure we dumped a bunch of construc- tion debris in there," Jim quips. A new, outdoor swimming pool was installed at the back of the house and a sliding window wall inserted to link it to the rec room. New large-format porcelain tiles replaced the rough-hewn, ashlar tiles on both levels. Walls were removed and door openings enlarged with barn-door systems to expand light and views within the house and outdoors. A new central air conditioning system was inserted as seamlessly as possible. "It was about redoing all the electrical and mechanical systems while not killing the design," Jim explains. "And it took real craftspeople to execute. There was almost no place to hide things with the partial walls and flat roof, but air conditioning was essential. It is hot as heck out there." Placed atop those stone partial walls, the glass transoms (some of which were relocated) usher light throughout the house and are what make the solid roof and ceiling appear to float. The airy effect is in direct contrast with the heft of the stone on the interiors and exteriors. New, smooth porcelain floors recede appropri- ately into the background now, allowing the glass and stone to take center stage. The old tile floors had competed for attention with their scrappy texture and busy patterning. Clockwise from above: New barn doors allow the master bedroom to remain open to views and light when guests aren't around. A polished master bathroom injects a naturalistic touch with a pebble shower floor. A new lower-level rec room sits atop the filled-in lap pool. And a combination bedroom/office inserts itself into the reconceived landscape. "The changes allowed the house to expand the vistas, to outreach into the landscape." —Jim Rill, AIA 74 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 DESIGN LAB INVENTION AND REINVENTION

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