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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D AB Twins That Aren't Twins Along with saving bitt and pieces of house, Amy's chief challenge was to balance the client's desire for views of the vineyard from inside of the house and his need for privacy from workers tending the vines outside. Seasonal field hands often arrive very early in the morning to beat the heat, and they work on vines hard by the house. Given the layout of the property (in- cluding two existing red barns that were to remain unchanged), Amy thought the new house should establish a certain presence on the site. Her solution: an iconic ver- nacular farmhouse form but with obvious modern updates. "Essentially the plan is a twin gable-end and basilica form. One of the twins is primarily private space, and the other is more about the public spac- es," she says. "The idea was in keeping with the rural character of the property. And there's a kind of ever-presence and intrigue in 'what is a farmhouse?' Here, there is a constant overlay of the modern. Rooms are open to each other; there is volume. And that higher-volume space allows for bigger windows and passive airflow through the building." The twins are fraternal not identi- cal, and their differences play out on the exterior in the directions their siding is applied and the size and arrangement of their fenestration. Traditional farm materials such as lap and board-and-batten siding, hog-wire guardrails, and rough-hewn wood beams appear inside and out, but the introduc- tion of steel—in connections, handrails, custom lighting, and the fireplace wall and surround—underline the more modern aesthetic at work. The "private" twin contains the own- er's master bedroom suite on the second level, a walk-out balcony, and a guest room. On its main level are a guest suite, mudroom and laundry, plus a room and full bath to service the pool area. The space between private wing and public holds overlapping private/public functions, such as the open kitchen and home office on the first level, and the loft sitting area on the second level. In the loft is the owner's favorite view, a SECOND LEVEL | 15. Loft | 16. Open to Below | 17. Deck | 18. Master 19. Closet | 20. Toilet Room | 21. Linen/Chute | 22. Master Bath | 23. Guest Bath 24. Closet | 25. Guest Room MAIN LEVEL | 1. Entry/Foyer | 2. Library | 3. Living Room | 4. Kitchen/Dining 5. Outdoor Dining | 6. Pantry | 7. Pool Room | 8. Bath | 9. Laundry | 10. Mudroom 11. Laundry Chute | 12. Guest Room | 13. Office | 14. Powder Room 60 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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