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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says. "All the walls are poured in place; bearing walls are heavier than non-bearing walls. Then roof beams are supported on those walls. The only wood is the laminated wood beams on the roof." Perched on the north side of the island above Crescent Beach, the site's greatest asset is its tranquil view of the Peconic River. The house occupies the middle of a trapezoidal 1-acre lot surrounded by forest. It sits at the hill's highest point, 138 feet, which puts it well above the flood plain. "We build for the future, not something that's going to be raised another 6 feet for the next generation," she says. This deliberate act seems obvious, but the slow pace of ecologically mind- ed design in the U.S. frustrates her. "In Denmark there are windmills all over the place; they're very beautifully designed with the intention that they're going to be everywhere," she says. "It's part of the way you think about things, to be frugal and responsible with ma- terials. On this house, all of this came together as a package where you don't necessarily compromise on beauty. You can design modern, easy-living spaces that don't have to cost an arm and a leg if you use the money wisely, and that are also good to the environment and future generations. It's something I believe in very deeply. This is what I came up with." This page: The expansive living/dining area in the main house is a counterpoint to the constraints of Manhattan life. The architect and her husband entertain family and friends frequently, with parties segueing seamlessly to the adjacent patio and pool. "You can design modern, easy-living spaces. . . that are also good to the environment and future generations." —Vibeke Lichten 60 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 DESIGN LAB CLIMATE CHAMELEONS

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