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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to a rear, lake-view deck. Flanking the vestibule is a set of slatted built-ins. On the great room side, they function as mudroom storage for coats and shoes. On the bedroom side, they form bookshelves for the private sitting area. Door openings within the shelving align with exterior windows, allowing light and views to flow through—preserving that porch-like permeability between indoors and outdoors. Although most of the plan contains only critical functions, there is one flex space to absorb games and other rainy-day activities. It occupies the space between the front porch and the "gray machine." The guest quarters are a short stroll away from the main house, past the swimming pool, and hold two bedrooms with private bathrooms, an ample carport, and a small gym. Taken as a whole, it's a high-function program that could serve many families very well, while still delivering the delights of a well- built, smartly tailored custom home. Faster, Better Best of all, the Clinton Corners build came together quickly— in about eight months—which was a chief goal for the clients. "One of the promises of prefab is that it's faster," says Bill. "Everyone thinks it's cheaper, faster, and better—but you're lucky if you get two of those. Still, this project was definitely faster, better, and cost effective." Working with Bensonwood has sold the firm on the com- ponent approach to factory fabrication. "It lends itself to mass customization rather than mass production," says Bill. "And there's much more appeal to that because it doesn't sacrifice the hands-on, site-specific quality of the houses. We can't leave that behind. "As long as you have an understanding of the rules—the limits and the potential—I think components and panels are the most obvious future," Bill concludes. "We're going to see some major advances in how buildings are delivered." The limited palette of materials is hardy and handsome to withstand harsh winters and active children—board-formed concrete, Western red cedar, and standing seam metal roofing. 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 CASE STUDY

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