Residential Design

VOL2 2019

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

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Tell us first about the garage. It has some tricks up its sleeve. They knew they wanted at least a two-car garage, but any more bays require a special permit. I really wanted to make it able to accommodate three, so we designed a long, narrow tandem garage where you could fit a third car in the middle someday. It's also tall enough with its 13-foot stud height that you could install a lift and get six cars in there. There are doors at both ends. The rear driveway is grass with pavers, and the front is at the street. In the winter, you would only dig out the front. When I go looking for design inspiration, I like to go back to original sources. The owners grew up in a rural area with tobacco barns. So I thought about iconic covered bridges— long and thin and simple. I imagined the structure as red or white when I designed it. But it would have been a one liner in red. So we went with grays, blues, and whites for the whole project. Taken together, the buildings play into the New England pattern of big house, little house, back house, barn. Like a house that grew over time. Those different elements pull apart to create a kind of courtyard for the house. What else does the configuration accomplish? It's really designed around two courtyards. I grew up on Long Island, and we had a 20x50 ranch house next to Levittown. Over time, my father added on to it to create a courtyard. For me, tying a building from outside to inside is more than just about glass. I think about the voids and not just the solids, the infrastructure. On any given day in the office, we're designing houses or whole edges of cities. I don't really differentiate in my mind between the two. Orienting around a courtyard lets you introduce multiple exposures of light and view in the house. For instance, the mother's bedroom wing stretches back into the lot. It creates a cloistered area, bounded by the big house and the garage. The dining room occupies the "tongue" that sticks out at the front of the house. It has a triplex of exposures—east, west, and south light. With the porch element, it creates an- other courtyard area. DN UP DN FLOOR PLAN | 1. Garage | 2. Entry Canopy | 3. Dining Room | 4. Study | 5. Kitchen 6. Living Room | 7. Powder Room | 8. Laundry | 9. Master Suite | 10. Patio | 11. Bedroom 12. Walk-In Closet | 13. Bathroom | 14. Laundry FIRST FLOOR SECOND FLOOR 9 10 1 8 7 4 6 5 3 12 13 13 12 11 11 14 2 13 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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