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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became the concrete floor," Brian says. "That floor was ground and polished, and then we had to protect it through- out the entire length of construction. We couldn't polish it after the walls were up." The resources saved by forgoing a second pour were likely diverted to craning in the 7,700-pound cantile- vered beam that draws a clean line across the atrium above the living room, supporting the master bedroom and deck. "Contemporary homes are very challenging to build in general be- cause there is no decorative trim to hide variances in ceilings and walls," Brian adds. "I think it turned out quite well; it was a nice design to execute." "Concrete is such a dynamic material and if not mixed perfectly, poured at the right temperature, and cured at the right speed, it tends to crack—where and how much is the question. We had a contin- gency plan in case it didn't go well, but they hit the nail on the head." Indeed, every project forces decisions about balancing the budget— especially when surprises like poor soil are unearthed. Construction manager Brian Blackford recalls that the top two feet of soil turned out to be expansive clay. The solution was to use grade beams anchored down to the stable soils—a less expensive alternative to pier construction. "On top of the grade beams was a structural slab, which though the master suite opens to a large deck above the back porch. Most of the upper-level walls are white-painted Sheetrock—a canvas for the constantly changing shadows cast by sinewy trees. Downstairs, the concrete flooring has a terrazzo-like finish—an echo of the river rock outside. Supporting Roles That concrete floor turned out well despite the fact that it's also the struc- tural slab. "With a bigger budget, we'd do a structural slab reinforced with rebar and then pour the architectural slab over it, which gives us more control over finish and cracking," David says. MAIN FLOOR PLAN | 1. Garage | 2. Entry 3. Kitchen | 4. Dining room | 5. Living Room 6. Office | 7. Family Room | 8. Work Out Room 9. Outdoor Living | 10. Pool | 11. Hot Tub 12. Fire Pit UPPER FLOOR PLAN | 1. Open to Below 2. Bedroom | 3. Bathroom | 4. Storage 5. Master Closet | 6. Master Bathroom 7. Master Bedroom | 8. Master Deck 9. Lower Room ROOF PLAN | 1. Solar Thermal Panels 2. Photovoltaic Panels | 3. Lower Roofs 4. Whole House Fan | 5. Backyard 3 2 4 3 1 5 DN 1 1 2 9 9 6 5 7 8 2 2 3 3 4 4 UP UP DN UP 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 48 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 DESIGN LAB NATURE CURATED

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