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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5 feet more than the others. But since this house went up, every new house on the block is at the 25-foot setback, so we were real trendsetters there." Traditional-minded neighbors might also have been surprised to see an 8-foot-tall gabion wall going up along the street. The same height as the porch roof, it screens the pool directly behind it, outside the great room. "The pool was not originally in the budget; we added it midway and needed to provide an enclosure," Russell says. "The gabi- on wall seemed to fit the vocabulary of the rest of the building." Twenty-four feet long, 2 feet wide, and filled with roughly 10 tons of rocks, the wall sits on a concrete grade beam on concrete piers, with rebar extending from the top of the grade beam to the wall's full height to provide lateral sup- port. And while the wire cages almost seem like a DIY project, it was more expensive to build than a masonry wall, Russell says, and it took a few tries to blend the multiple batches of rock just right. "I can say that gabion walls are a good choice, but you need to research how they're built and provide some oversight so it's done correctly," Russell says. Now, "finches and wrens have started to nest in the cracks and crevic- es. It becomes almost a living wall." Directly behind that wall, the cantilevered roofline outside the great room on the east is part of a complex structural system that undergirds both the east roofline and the front porch overhang. "A custom-made steel beam at the house's front corner allows the en- gineered joists to be supported together on the same point load, perpendicular to each other," says Erik Glissman, con- struction supervisor for Constructive General Contractors, which built the house. The underside of the east-facing roofline is pitched up to bring morning sunlight deeper into the great room. This page: Kitchen materials are sleek and budget conscious, including laminate-fronted cabinets and Corian counters accented with hot-rolled steel elements. 49 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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