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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and reading room—and face south toward the river and agricultural land beyond, while the knotty cedar - clad exterior walls enclose the more private areas. "From inside you can't see other houses," Nathan says. "There is the sense that it could be 50 miles from the nearest town." Knots and especially natural weathering are part of cedar's charm, marking the seasons in grayscale. But in this case the wood was stained black to even out the aging process. Given the site's exposure and harsh weather, the different façades likely would have grayed out unevenly, the architect says. Meanwhile, the concrete walls of the opposing guest "wing"—completed a year after the family moved in—were formed with knotty plywood sheets, a variation on a theme. room overlooks the public spaces below, with three bedrooms behind it. "The two-story space, which has a lot of glass, is where all the family and gathering areas are," Nathan says. "Whenever we have company, we meet at the dining table in the kitchen, almost like a bed-and-breakfast, and disperse to living areas as we wish, each of us doing our own thing." And if the couple thinks far enough into the future, they can envision using the guest quarters as a master suite for one-story living. "It's possible that when we're significantly older, we might hop down the stairs for accessi- bility," he says. Transparency and opacity are an- other play in contrasts. The glassy parts of the house reflect communal spac- es—kitchen, living room, family room, Clockwise from above: The contrasting light and dark scheme continues throughout the house, including the guest suite and its bathroom. The first floor suite can flex into a master suite, if needed in the future. 66 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 DESIGN LAB NATURE CURATED

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