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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allowing the house's volumes to be nested into the hillside. Its six levels, including terraces, resulted in a series of destination points rather than one big open space. The interior rooms connect almost seamlessly to the outdoor decks, allowing the owners to "experience the hillside," Paul says. He drew an upside-down floor plan with the master suite and public areas at the top of the house. From the crushed bluestone parking court at the bottom of the lot, visitors are presented with a poetic pair of parallel staircases—one exterior and one interior, with a glass wall between them—sheltered by cantilevers and roof projections. Inside or out, both stairs lead up to the main entry at the kitchen, and the exterior stair continues to the pool deck at the back of the house. The ground floor contains three bedrooms, two baths, an office, lounge, mudroom, laundry, and storage. Beneath are a basement rec room, mechanical room, and storage. Nesting Instincts The bulk of the project's budget was devoted to earthwork and site in- frastructure to support this nested configuration. Site and foundation walls follow the land's contours, which influenced the house's geometries. "I always enjoy doing Paul's hous- es because there are new elements, things we haven't done before, and it's thought-provoking to get them from paper to fruition," says builder Keith Both parallel staircases convey to the home's entry, but the exterior stair continues up to the pool deck. 62 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 DESIGN LAB ARCHITECTURAL PROMENADES

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