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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Following the Lines Surely there aren't many contractors who can say they've gutted the same house twice, but Paul was fortunate to be able to hand off the job to Stroub Construction, the local builder who executed the first renovation. "We only saw the house three times when it was under construction," Paul says. "There was a high level of precision and we knew they could do it. In a house that is not brand new and sags in multiple directions, they were very good at figuring out how to compromise." "There's a complexity to the way Paul works in that all the details relate throughout the house; it's a finely woven fabric," agrees Mike Cummings, who was the project man- ager for both renovations. For example, mortar joints in the brick line up from the basement to the top floor, where they align with the exterior brick. "If there's a seam, I can assure you it's lining up with something else," says company owner Steve Stroub. "The brick corner at the living room fireplace was what laid out the entire building. It creased a point on the lower level that gives you a dimension for a brick-wrapped column and relates to the width of the opening at the master bedroom and partition walls downstairs." The detailing sometimes created a structural puzzle. Embedded into the load-bearing stairwell wall is a 12-foot- by-6-foot tubular steel beam with a piece of steel welded to it to create the cantilever. A cold-rolled steel trim piece covers the structural components, and the stair treads are wrapped in Caesarstone. The structural system had to be virtually immovable because if there was any give at all, the treads might have cracked, Cummings says. The stairwell's 3ΒΌ-inch glass was another test of skill and strength, requiring about eight men to carry into the house. It forms a guardrail around the stairwell opening at the entryway and down along the stairs. The enormous, sloping stairway section, made of two pieces of glass with a seam in the middle, hangs from through-bolts drilled into the first-floor joists and rests on a small point on the lower-level floor. Visual tricks were part of the playbook, too. The wall design at the bottom of the stairs echoes the entry treat- ment on the floor directly above, where translucent glass This page: The biggest changes happened on the lower level. The stair was reoriented as a straight run and rebuilt as an open system, bringing more light and space into a new central lounge area. The brick wall from upstairs now wraps the same quadrant downstairs as does the rift-sawn oak wall, reinforcing the design language and plan logic. 38 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2019 CASE STUDY

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