Residential Design

VOL.6 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Details, Details No matter how interested Lake|Flato is in the Porch House process, the firm is careful not to lose sight of the quality of house it delivers. At first glance, Clinton Corners feels very familiar, almost iconic. The steeply gabled, two-story bed- room volume evokes a timeless farmhouse structure. Its form, and that of the low-slung guest building, closely follows the Porch House pattern book, which has the uncanny ability to fit in almost anywhere in the country. The great room building, connected by a glass vestibule to the bedroom wing, departs in size from Porch House di - mensions but maintains its flavor—an open plan stripped of redundant functions and needless flourishes. "Elemental is a word we used a lot," says Evan. "The clients put a lot of faith and trust in the design team. As did the interior design team, which was fairly hands off in many ways. When they did inter- ject themselves, it was to let us know they wanted something functional and unprecious. They didn't want anything that felt overly decorative, worked, or designed—just something that felt essential." "They wanted a well-built tool box, not a well-built jewel box," adds Bill. "They knew the kids were going to throw balls against the side of the house." Hardy materials stand up to juvenile hijinks. All three buildings are clad in cedar—the main volumes have a weathered finish and the guest house has a dark stain. Standing seam metal roofing fits in with the rural setting, and polished concrete floors handle the wear and tear of lake- side country life with aplomb. Elsewhere, the material palette Quiet craftsmanship permeates the family spaces. The owners wanted elements to look unfussy and "essential." 33 VOL. 6, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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