Residential Design

VOL4 2019

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

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plenty of loft buildouts and remodels in the portfolio, and some commercial work as well. "We've always been mul- tidisciplinary as a practice," says Joe. "We recently completed a treehouse— and it was not modular. We do a wide range of things, so the scale varies quite a bit. When we do commercial proj- ects or office spaces, we'll often do the signage, too. "And with the houses," he adds, "we'll specify finishes and furniture, or even do the landscape. We're quite hands-on and all-encompassing. The scope depends on the client, project, and scale—and what we're trying to ac- complish. But we're also happy to work with other designers." Mod and Not Mod Because the firm is so well known for its achievements in modular design and construction, clients have developed certain expectations about what a RES4-designed house should look like. It's a funny kind of typecasting that's oozed into the firm's site-built work as well. "We recently completed a house in Arlington, Virginia," Joe explains. "It's site built because the owner wanted to start a construction business and learn on the job, but he was very concerned that it should still look like a RES4 modular house." In a way, the typology has become the aesthetic. And it's done so just at the point when the RES4 work has reached Above and right: The prefab 2017 North Fork Bluff House employs the Z-Type series of modules (module typologies pictured top right), with side wings positioned to block views of the neighbors from the front porch and rear pool deck. The 5,100-square-foot house overlooks Long Island Sound. Left to right: The 2015 North Fork Bay House is a lifted double-wide/courtyard hybrid, elevated on a steel frame for flood control. A weekend house for two generations, the 1,650-square-foot open plan also tucks in three bedrooms and two and a half baths. ings that came from that first Dwell Home and the houses that flowed from it. "It turns out that it's been an evolution and not a revolution," Joe concludes. And fortunately for the health of the firm, it did not overreach and over leverage. "We've been taking baby steps throughout, and it's the space we operate best in. Our short- term goal is always to do tomorrow's house better than yesterday's." The firm continues to iterate its mod- ular offerings and they remain a core part of the practice. But RES4 has never lost sight of the bread-and-butter work that sustained it in its early years and through the recession. There are still Photos this page: Resolution: 4 Architecture 14 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2019 PRO-FILE DESIGN

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