Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

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D AB house near Mount Sequoyah is covered by the ordinance." Additionally, the clients had a difficult time unloading their generic tract house in another suburban neighborhood. "It was hard to sell the house because there were six others for sale like it in the subdivi- sion," says Meryati. Unfortunately, all the unexpected expenses and the delay in the start of the construction pushed the cost of the Graphic House project beyond the magic $150-a-foot number. But, says Marlon, "it was still probably under $180, without the extra site costs." Cost repercussions were followed by a series of design constraints. As it hap- pens, this seemingly ordinary suburban neighborhood also restricts flat roofs, something that was integral to the firm's design for the house. So, they countered with a roof plan at ΒΌ-inch-per-foot slope. Success. "The review board had to accept it," says Marlon. To L With It One of the toughest aspects of suburban lots are the multiple impediments to privacy. This lot is on a corner, so it must negotiate houses and sightlines across two streets. The architects addressed the prob- lem with an L-shaped plan that creates a private backyard. The largely one-story house bumps up to include a small office and loft, that pro- vide the husband and wife with separate work spaces. The remaining open-plan living, dining, kitchen space; master bed- room; and two children's bedrooms are kept to a single level for accessibility. The carport is at entry level as well. The clients "wanted a house modern designed for modern living," says Meryati. "And given his graphic design profession, we wanted to create something that looked like a composition in elevation." Marlon concurs. "That's why we call it the Graphic House. So much of what he does is in the form of icons and Top and above: A simple palette of interior materials keeps the design clean and costs low. Cabinets are locally sourced maple. The fireplace wall is an idea taken from the Blackwells' own house: painted strips of poplar layered for texture. A skylight is placed over the wall to wash shadows over the surface. 72 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2017

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