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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It's hard to say what previous owners were thinking when they added bits and pieces over the years, because the house has handsome bones. The roofline defines three distinct zones that carry from front to back on each level. A sky-lit, gabled central roof runs south to north from the entry to a bay at the back. On either side are two flat-roofed boxes, one encased in brick, the other originally in stucco. Those roof planes organize the living spaces. Upstairs, the entry hall is flanked by a powder room, kitchen, and dining area to the left, and the garage and living room to the right. Paul's first remodel opened up the 44-foot-long back wall of the house to create a continuous living area overlooking the view. At that time the design team also realized that the window wall and floor plan were organized on a rigorous 4-foot grid and wanted to reinforce it. Fifteen years later the house was still in immaculate condition, but the owners wanted an interior that felt warmer. "Earlier we used monolithic black Burlington stone on the floors, plus cherry cabinetry and yellow-gold integrally colored plaster to warm it up," Paul says. "They loved the house but wanted something lighter." What constitutes success can mean different things at different times. Still, it can feel tricky to destroy your own work and start over. "I think we re-imposed a rigor in 2002 that is still viable," Paul says. "The house was a mess, so you could consider wholesale changes; you knew it wasn't going to get worse. So there was a freedom that came with that. This time when we came back to it, what we did be- fore is 15 years old, but it's not a mess." In 2002 Paul was a partner at the Des Moines, Iowa, firm Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck and worked on the project with Matt Rodenkamp, AIA. Soon after the renovation was completed, Paul started Substance Architecture, and Matt joined him two years later. This time around Paul worked with a different project architect, Jessica Terrill, AIA. This page: The goal for this second remodel was to lighten, refresh, and simplify the palette of materials and to further optimize the living and sleeping spaces. "I think we re-imposed a rigor in 2002 that is still viable. What we did before is 15 years old, but it's not a mess." —Paul Mankins, FAIA 35 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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