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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roof of the detached guest pavilion con- taining a bedroom, bath, and wet bar. On a property with no traditional front or back yard, overlapping roof- lines on the main house and guest pavilion mark the off-hand entryway that Amy alluded to. Visitors pull up to the gravel parking court on the north end of the house and walk between the two buildings, where the rooflines overlap just enough to provide cover from the weather. "We wanted a sense of lightness about the entry," she says. "There's a little bit of compression or pause where you suddenly see this magnificent view looking over the pool to the valley below." To the left, a glass door in the curtain wall leads directly into the open living area. Light Drape A minimal footprint and low main- tenance were the operative words for building on this rugged site covered with oak, madrone, and fir trees. Its off- grid location—a 90-minute commute for builder John Marsey and his crew— and challenging geological conditions drove almost all of the construction decisions, and in turn the design. Its boxy footprint was the direct result of rocky, unstable soils that required a deep-drilled pier foundation; a complex footprint would have put the cost out of reach. And rather than hauling in framing lumber, it was simply easier to fabricate off-site the modular, exposed steel frame that gives the house its dis- tinctive look. This page: Given the site's remote location and difficult access, a steel structure proved more efficient and practical to build than a wood frame. Deep, almost-touching overhangs protect against rain and sun. 70 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 DESIGN LAB CLIMATE CHAMELEONS

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