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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on finish choices, furnishings, and lighting. "It was very collaborative," says Pi. "We've been working with them for 20 years. They dealt with all the furnishings, and generated tile palettes for the bathrooms. We worked closely on the casework and color for the window frames on the inside." Ira finishes the thought, "We decided where some of these oak panels would go. They decided about some of the washes. And then our builder made large-scale mockups of the elements to show everyone." Both architects concur that builders Tim and Tom Porter of G.R. Porter & Sons did an amazing job pulling all of the parts together. "They outdid themselves on this house," says Pi. "They've done some modern work before, but we'd worked with them more on traditional projects, and they embraced it. The mockups that they did were quite a helpful tool. A lot of this is a leap of faith for the client—they're trying to interpret from drawings, but they're not seeing what we're seeing. Even 3-D modeling helps. But with the big samples they can touch, they are able to see and understand the juxtaposition and the texture." Smooth Landing No one builds a house on 80 acres without wanting to engage with the land. For these clients that desire was balanced with a mandate to keep the weekend property low maintenance. "The clients were interested in a house that shaped the out- door areas," says Ira. "On the entry side, as you curve in from the north, there are a couple of porches that face that. And poolside, the outdoor areas are bounded on two sides—by the ridge edge and by small trees to the east. We were able to use CASE STUDY Above: A ragged granite ledge marks a natural transition between the cultivated landscape and pool deck and the wilder meadow. 42 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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