Residential Design

Vol. 2, 2017

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insulates, but then the slope is perfectly flat." That's what you can do when you don't have snow. Still, Rob admits the house has a somewhat "cave-like" feeling, an effect he says the client sought. "To get the really big view, you have to walk through the house and onto the deck. We like playing with dark and light, tension and release. It creates an emotional effect." Under Desert Sky Although living space is confined to two floors, Rob was able to move some dirt and rock to carve out a third tier for the double-height garage. Eventually, the client will install a lift system so he can accommodate four cars in the space of two. Currently, the area is used as storage for his collection of architecture books, magazines, and other memorabilia inherited from his father, who sadly passed away during the project. For now, he parks his daily driver under a carport Rob designed for guest use. It harkens to the materials of the house, but is even more intentionally "sabi," or worn. "We purposely wanted it to float free of the house. Originally it was supposed to be made of solar panels, but we had extra steel, so that became the structure. We wanted the steel to have that looseness and spikiness; it kind of returns it to the desert." The entry sequence moves from the carport, past a courtyard formed by retaining walls, and over a steel bridge to the house. Here, the exterior elevation's stucco is a bold chartreuse, in contrast with the muted, integral color block walls. The wall color was the client's choice, says Rob. "I was thinking white or even black. But it was a nostalgic choice for the client, whose father used a lot of green and purpleā€”it's almost an ode to him. And it echoes the cactus." DWC House Tucson, Ariz. ARCHITECT/INTERIOR DESIGN: Rob Paulus, AIA, LEED AP, Rob Paulus Architects, Tucson, Ariz. BUILDER: Ted Kline, Mega Trend Construction, Tucson BUILDING AREA: 1,837 square feet DECK AREA: 375 square feet DOUBLE-HEIGHT GARAGE: 670 square feet SITE SIZE: 1.06 acres PHOTOGRAPHER: Liam Frederick KEY PRODUCTS WINDOWS/DOORS: Arcadia SKYLIGHT: Bristolite STRUCTURE: Trus Joist HVAC: Mitsubishi INSULATION: Icynene WATERPROOFING: DuPont Tyvek DECKING: Cali Bamboo APPLIANCES: Whirlpool, Kenmore COUNTERS: Wilsonart FAUCETS/FITTINGS: Delta KITCHEN SINK: Elkay BATHROOM LAVS: Ronbow TOILETS: TOTO TILE: Daltile LIGHTING: Lightolier, Artemide Tolomeo, Gotham, WAC Lighting PAINT: Dunn Edwards Above: The carport echoes the materials and shapes of the main house, but with a wabi-sabi, rustic flare. The green stucco, inspired by the work of the client's architect father, is more wasabi than anything else. 50 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2017

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