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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to John Marsey's skilled team. "Often we do use a topping slab, but we knew this builder could pull it off," Amy says. "It's a different set of people who do rough foundation-type slabs versus finish slabs; if you find the right people, you can get what you need." Nielsen:Schuh has been working with builder John Marsey since the early 1990s, when he built Amy and Richard's own house and studio. "He is a small-scale builder who gives a lot of attention to detail, and this project was perfect for him," she says. John oversaw the drilling of roughly 52 piers and the pouring of grade beams that connected them in a gridwork. One virtue of the envelope design was that, with all the loads bearing on the grade beams, the superstructure and roof could be built before the concrete slab was poured, he says. A second benefit was that the roof provided shade and shelter while the under-slab plumbing, electrical, and radiant heating was being laid, and as the roughly 90-foot-long-by-22-foot- wide slab was being poured, finished, saw cut, and cured. To control cracking, "we did some deep control joints under walls and on the second day did a very fine 'crack chaser,' where you saw cut it in a straight line and then come back with a diamond cutter that cuts a V into that, ending up with a nice chamfered detail," John says. "All the cracking This page: Spectacular long-range views are framed by sheltering overhangs. The couple continues to live largely outdoors, including cooking most meals in the guest pavilion's outdoor kitchen. 74 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 DESIGN LAB CLIMATE CHAMELEONS

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