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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Can a house with modern European sensibilities slip into a suburban New Jersey neighborhood without offend- ing the neighbors? What's more, can it achieve Passive house certification without looking a little forced? This unassuming but self-assured house by Mowery Marsh Architects does both, even though it was built by a general contractor who knew next to nothing about Passive house standards. It is an example of how creativity in its purest form is also about collaborat- ing, making connections that lead to dynamic buildings and streetscapes. The owners, who are from Belgium, lived just down the block when they bought this lot containing a one-story teardown. Although the existing house was dilapidated, the lot was deep and had beautiful mature trees. The couple envisioned a light-filled, four-bedroom house with tall ceilings, minimal detail- ing, and flowing spaces. This seemingly easy request, however, challenged the architects from the start. "They had a great design sense and the palette they were interested in excited us, but we're on this street of houses with 8-foot ceilings and dinky porches," says Jennifer Marsh, AIA, who designed the house with her husband and business partner Brian Mowery, AIA. "They wanted 10-foot ceilings. How would we give them what they wanted and make this house not feel like a monster on the street?" Opposite and this page: Woven into a traditional New Jersey neighborhood, this stealth Passive house masquerades as a conforming bungalow-style home. Mowery Marsh played with the scale and a run of dormer windows to conceal light-filled, double-height spaces within. 55 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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