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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So, it fell to Joeb, project architect Thalassa Curtis, AIA, builder David Prutting, and team to transform the 7,900-square-foot "mutt" into a purebred. Among the design flaws they faced were poor visual connections to the water at the rear and an awkward entry sequence at the front. There were low ceilings, too—everywhere. And then there was the pervasive homeliness of the aesthetics. All this needed fixing within the footprint of the original house and the height restrictions im- posed by code. The big move was to raise the ceiling height. "We did a series of studies and investigations of how we could keep the house's footprint and strip it down to the studs," Joeb recalls. "And what we found was, if we tore out the floor plan and the crazy spiral stair, then we could raise the first-floor ceiling from 6'8" to 9 feet. It was a profound change, and what we were left with was quite adaptive. We raised all the windows and doors to that height as well, and that allowed us unbroken views of the water while moving through the house." The rear of the house is now nearly entirely a curtain of glass, trimmed in black steel and recessed behind deep overhangs to shield from the southeast- ern exposure (there are wood screens and hidden window shades, too, throughout). The team extended the roof elements to achieve the overhangs, sistering rafters and bringing edges to a sharp, modern point. The soffits are clad in warm mahogany, in contrast to the deep gray of the shingle siding— a color choice that caused a months- long debate. "I felt very strongly that we needed the color to neutralize this house," says Joeb. "It took 15 different samples to get just the right semi-gloss feel and light play. Sometimes it reads as gray, sometimes as black. Over eight months, we kept putting up the samples. And then finally, I said, 'You just need to trust me. I'm certain it's the right thing to do. And they did.'" 66 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2019 DESIGN LAB CONSCIOUS OF CONTEXT

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