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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Romeo. "It's like a chess match, think- ing a couple of steps ahead so you don't get tripped up." The biggest challenge, he says, was to get all the foundation and retaining walls in first and then frame the house around them. For ex- ample, the foundation wall on the north side, at the back of the house, is 20 feet deep to accommodate the basement under the ground-level guest rooms. "Because of the depth of that founda- tion, it was a nerve-wracking pour," Paul says. All of the retaining walls are connected to decks and tied back to the house. They are clad and capped with bluestone from a local stone yard, and the joints run vertically, expressing their insertion deep into the earth. Once the house was in place, Romeo pulled the dimensions to build the pool, which sits at the property's highest point with views of the ocean. Whereas the concrete for the foundation work was pumped in from a truck near the road, the pool construction involved laying a temporary driveway for cement trucks on the south side. Not that this almost inevitable-seem- ing scheme was initially evident to the untrained eye. Keith's first impression of the lot was that he could not see the trees for the forest. The overgrown land contained an existing house that was beyond repair and buried in the woods. "One of Paul's greatest assets is that he was able to see this property in the wood," he says. "Once we cleared the lot, it revealed that this house was "Once we cleared the lot, it revealed that this house was site-specific, but it was difficult to see at first." —Keith Romeo 65 VOL. 6, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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