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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needs any heat—and sound-wise, too; it's very quiet inside," he says. Perhaps the most rewarding outcome for Mowery Marsh was assembling the team that could make this happen. "I think it's significant that nobody on this construction team had ever done a Passive project," Jennifer says. "You have to find someone who really wants to do it right. They have to have the drive to really futz with the details of every penetration." The couple also welcomed the opportunity to design a forward-thinking house in an older established neighborhood. "We wanted people to understand that even in a sub- urban New Jersey town, you don't have to be shoehorned into your vernacular but can still do something that belongs," Jennifer says. —Cheryl Weber foundation and 8 inches under the basement slab, plus foam glass under the foundation footings. "Our goal was to thermally break the foundation from the ground so you have the entire concrete mass acting as a thermal battery," says Jason. "It sounds corny, but the house operates like a beautiful symphony. You have the ERV that's constantly exchanging air, the triple pane windows, and the insulation, all doing their part to be passive." The exterior was finished with Boral clad- ding, which has a crisp edge but looks like wood. While acknowledging that the build-out was "a lot more involved" than on a conventional home, Mike was impressed with how well the house hit its targets. "It's a cool design and barely This page: Mowery Marsh cleverly hid the full height of the house at the street elevation. In the back, its height combines with the L-shape to carve out an oasis of privacy. 62 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2019 DESIGN LAB CONSCIOUS OF CONTEXT

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