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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There's not much to love about houses designed and built in the 1980s, espe- cially ones blessed (or maybe cursed) by bountiful budgets. The existing struc- ture for this down-to-the-studs remodel was, says architect Joeb Moore, FAIA, "a mutt of architecture. I don't even know what style to call it. It was a bit of an oversized ranch with an applique of colonial elements. It was just a very poorly conceived and proportioned house." Certainly, the house committed more than a few design misdemeanors (round-top windows, anyone?), but the biggest crime was squandering a spec- tacular site on Long Island Sound. Joeb and his clients, who are also good friends, deliberated for some time about whether to tear down the house and build anew. The clients had grown tired of the traditional house they owned next door to this one and wanted something fresh and modern, something to complement and show- case their burgeoning, serious art collection. This house also occupied a better site, with closer proximity to the water, aspects they hoped a redo would harness. Ultimately, the determining factor was the area's restrictive build- ing codes. If they tore down the house, they would have to reduce the square footage by a third. With three chil- dren and the growing art collection to accommodate, no one felt the sacrifice was worth it. 65 VOL. 2, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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