Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

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

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of modern aesthetics as well. Says Ira, "Our clients wanted the house to fit in, but they wanted modern materials and a modern floor plan, too." Heavy Metal "One of the clients had a dad who was in the steel industry, so they wanted as much steel in the house as possible," notes Pi. Therefore, the farmhouse finds itself with steel siding and roofing, and steel structure in the porches and elsewhere in the interior. On the exterior, the corrugated steel siding is bound- ed at openings and other transition points by fiber cement in panels and laps. The roadside elevation relegates steel to the entry gable volume and the broad side of the master bedroom wing. From afar the materials suggest conventional farm- house wood laps and perhaps even board and batten, but it's the horizontal lap siding that reads most clearly to passersby. Metal was a frequent component of farmhouse roofs, and therefore its abundance on Meadow House is no cause to blink. There are many such evocations of tradition that unveil a modern twist upon closer scrutiny. From the outside of the house, modern is in the details and their execution—the way materials turn a corner, the litheness of roof profiles, the Mondrian-like sizing and organization of windows. "The gable forms stack up in a familiar New England manner," Ira Clockwise from opposite page: Steel columns and beams, wood ceiling panels, and polished concrete floors extend from the covered porch inside to the living room. In the living area, the steel columns are inset with wood. Two steps up from the living room, the dining area marks a flooring change to wood. The wood floors continue up the stair wall of the family wing. VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 39

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