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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Left: Long views capture live oaks. Below left: Porcelain tile in the kitchen mimics weathered wood. Below bottom: The garage's ramped breezeway and bonus suite are future-proof. do it again, if something isn't right. They do a good job for a good price. They really treat their subcontractors well, and I think that's part of why they can be so fast." Already baked into the floor plan was the idea of an accessible dwelling, where the couple could age in place. They were also on a tight budget, which influenced the size of the house and the choice of materials at Jane and Michael's disposal. But some amenities were non-negotiable. "They wanted open, easy living," says Jane. "And they wanted separate bath- rooms." One of those bathrooms had to have a no-threshold shower. There's room for guests upstairs in the main house and, across the breezeway, in a suite over the garage. Currently, one of the clients uses the suite as a home office, but it could accommodate a caretaker someday. Access from the garage (which has two stalls for cars and room for the ubiquitous resort golf cart) is covered and ramped. The main house is rotated a few degrees on its pie-shaped lot to catch prevailing breezes, and to steer prin- cipal rooms toward the long marsh views and the water beyond. Live oaks on the property were pruned and fed. Budget and climate dictated the exterior materials. "We used Har- diePlank siding and trim, 5V metal roofing, and stained yellow pine," says Michael. "A lot of decisions were driven by budget. But often when you have those restraints, the house is better for it." VOL. 2, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM 55

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