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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This page: The ipe-lined "hole" created by the split boxes is the home's tour de force. Breeze travels down the hill from the street, says David, moderating temperatures in the outdoor room. A public main level is the long bar that runs lengthwise down the lot, and the private second level orients widthwise parallel to the street. The second level spans across to join a ground floor guest suite, forming the "hole" to the back of the property. The hole is much more than the sum of its parts, however. In many ways, it's the central delight of the house. Lined in ipe, it becomes a fully articulated outdoor room—a grand front porch, of sorts. It asks the eye to stop, rest, and enjoy, while si- multaneously beckoning it on to the curated landscape beyond. "A square is the most efficient house to build," David admits. "Ours, because it's two long bars, is not the most cost-effective. But it allowed me to frame every interesting view to the back of the property. At first, I didn't even want windows on the front of the house. But my wife wouldn't go for that." David is good humored when describing the dynamic of designing for his own family—in a punchy, Henny Youngman kind of way: "It was interesting having my family as a client. In general, it worked out OK. I would narrow things down to a few choices, and my wife would pick the one I liked the least. And then I'd overrule her," he jokes. "No developer would have touched this site. But we like the challenge. The more constraints there are, the more opportunities." —David I. Goldschmidt, AIA 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 CASE STUDY

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