Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

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

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Architecture That Grabs the Heart JILL NEUBAUER ARCHITECTS FALMOUTH, MASS. Designing for a living is different in a small coastal town than it is in the big city, especially if your specialty is residential. There's both more and less of every opportunity. There's a greater variety of smaller jobs, because clients tend to stay with local architects for those; and there's often big-city compe- tition for the marquee vacation home projects. Such is the case in the largely second-home community of Falmouth, Mass., which is also the gateway to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Jill Neubauer, AIA, has lived and practiced in Cape Cod for more than two de- cades, and she has a portfolio of smart, problem-solving projects to show for it. However, in the last decade or so, while those city-slicker architects were snooz- ing, her firm has also added a roster of lustrous new homes to its collection. It's clear those vacation home clients are catching on to the homegrown talent at their doorsteps. "We're like the town doctor here, and it's an important role," Jill says. "We don't have a singular aesthetic. We're all over the map with what comes in the door—we'll show up for that work and enjoy doing what's important to other people." And that means lux- urious second homes for the weekend community and small, life-changing jobs for the resident scientists and everyday folk. It also means lots of reno- vation work to wonderful, old, troubled houses. No matter what the job, Jill and her firm aim to bring a little heart and soul into the work, to add the kinds of features and special delights that make a place memorable for years and genera- tions to come. "Right now, we're working on a new modern, all-white house on a creek that's going to be one of my favorites. It's all glass and simple, with views all around. At the same time, we're work- ing on an old house, trying to fit in a new shelf," she says. "I love the fact that we're doing all of this at the same time." Sometimes that new shelf makes all the difference in someone's enjoyment of a house—the small conveniences, the subtle transformations. Jill was awakened to the power of small details as a child growing up in Wisconsin. A favorite memory is of Above: Jill Neubauer, AIA. Right: Paine's Creek Residence, with gorgeous water views, is in the works. Photo: Meredith Hunnibell Rendering: Courtesy Jill Neubauer Architects 13 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM PRO-FILE DESIGN

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