Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

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

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it will last at least 40 to 50 years, and is thick enough not to compromise structure. Sometimes if you have too much money, it gets spent on stuff you don't really need. Here, we stuck with three or four kinds of materials. It takes a special builder who can make that limited palette sing; Ted Kline of Mega Trend Construction is such a builder. "That's just the way it is in Tucson. We have these teeny budgets to make art with," says Rob. "We work hard to find the aspect that will get builders charged up about the work, and then we get a better product. The beauty comes from the pre- cision of typical building materials." It's obvious Kline rose to the occasion. Strategic Outlets Precision of everything was required on this job. The client's six-page wish list included minute details about outlet heights. But that's what you get when you work with an electrical engineer—or an engineer of any variety. He was also con- cerned about energy efficiency and making good use of the views his acre-lot offered. There are vistas of three mountain ranges available. But the surrounding housing is less than picturesque: "There's only a small measure of quality to the houses in the neighborhood," says Rob delicately. So, just opening the house to all the views and Tucson's hot climate was not going to work well. A deep overhanging roof and local, custom-made windows and sliding doors were part of the solution. "It's a commer- cial window company that was not afraid of silicone joints," Rob quips. Where the views are not optimal, "gun-slit" windows bring in highly curated slivers of light and scenery. And an oculus skylight beams light into the stair hall. But the tour de force is the roof system that appears to float above the solid struc- ture. "It's essentially two walls and then beams that cantilever out to support the structure," Rob explains. "The second- ary structure and the channels it creates become the clerestory. There are 2-by-10s that are ripped. And a spray foam roof that VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 49

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