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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glazing, which was shipped from Ger- many, was set with a crane." Another structural feat involved the great room's floor plate, which overhangs the pool. Because hurricanes come through the region, the slab had to be robust enough to tie in the trellis- es. "The trellises are supported on the concrete columns but also on the base of the glass wall so they don't rotate around the columns" in high winds, Allison says. In Situ Passive and active strategies helped to neutralize the house's size. The great room's cantilevered slab was wrapped in two inches of insulation so that the concrete doesn't carry heat and cold into the house. "This house is too big and has too many windows to be Pas- sivhaus certified," Allison says, "but we looked closely at the details they use." The windows are triple-pane with a U value of 11, which helped the home achieve a nearly 40 percent reduction in energy use over code. A Zip system creates a watertight and airtight barrier, and two inches of rigid "outsulation" isolates the building envelope from the unglazed exterior, even wrapping over the window frames where possible. In addition, storm water is collected and slowly released in bioswales planted with native species. The house, so relevant to its setting, seems to satisfy the owners' need for balance, harmony, and contentment. "They used to travel a lot, and one of the clients said she doesn't want to trav- el anymore; she loves just being in the house," Allison says. "It's a validation of what we were trying to do." — Cheryl Weber On the second level of the master suite wing, a media room opens to a vast roof deck. Allison kept the ceiling low on the deck for a more intimate, human scale. 57 VOL. 6, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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