Residential Design

VOL3 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Unbuildable With the seaside engineering puzzles conquered, the next dragons to slay were the building restrictions. They were the real reason no one had yet dared to put anything—anything at all—on the site. "Given the building requirements to include a garage, an 1,800-square-foot house, and the stairs to reach it—all within 2-to-3-foot setbacks on either side—there was no way to do it," he says. "This is why the lot had stood empty for many, many years. "But we were able to interpret the codes and go for several variances," he says, pulling rabbits out of hats. "We pleaded hardship and worked with the city to get the setbacks reduced." Even with a little setback forgiveness, it was still a game of inch- es to get the 19-foot-wide garage on the 22-foot site. Indeed, the entire envelope of the house played the inches game—tucking in two levels of living space, plus a loft and roof deck, within the 28-foot height restrictions. The loft or mezzanine, as Lorcan calls it, can double as additional sleeping space, enabling the two-bedroom house to wedge in a few more overnight visitors. A steel mesh central stair conveys light down from the roof deck into the open living spaces and the small, jewel-like Bulthaup kitchen. "It's very compressed but functional," says Lorcan of the kitchen. "For the interiors, we wanted to keep them light, transparent, open, and inviting. This page: A steel mesh central stair ushers natural light from the roof deck down through the house. When window walls are open on lower levels, it also helps ventilate interiors with fresh sea air. 50 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 CASE STUDY

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