Residential Design

VOL1 2019

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

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Jewel Box Once upon a time, the kind of craft Nils designs into his buildings was done by highly skilled carpenters and other trades. Indeed, he thinks it's craft and detail that people seek when choosing older houses or traditional architecture. But, he maintains it's perfectly possible and desirable to infuse modern archi- tecture with a similar level of craft and detail. If that craft rises to the quality of sculpture—everyday sculpture you can touch and engage—all the better. These days, such work is delivered via CAD files, CNC machines, and water-jet cutters. Although possibly less romantic than work done by hand, the results are no less beautiful and durable. Nils cites the example of a jewel- ry box he designed for his wife. It's adorned with intricately executed CNC milling. He thinks there's a timeless quality to the appearance and effect of the milling. "You could put the box in a drawer and pull it out years later and not know when it was made," he says. "That's what I'm striving for with the houses I design—that same timeless quality. I want you to be able to look at them years later and they would still blow you away." —S. Claire Conroy Above: Finne Architects often weaves custom light and furniture designs into its remodels and new builds. Above and right: Located along the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon, the Deschutes House cantilevers key rooms into the view. Deep overhangs shield the building from sun and snow. A fireplace detail of Montana stone and steel. Photos this page: Benjamin Benschneider 20 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 PRO-FILE DESIGN

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