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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house and walk to the entrance, a cypress-clad box enclosed in thickly planted shrubs. As they step inside, its glass walls reveal a huge excavated pond, and a magnificent sugar maple on the right. "The experience of the pond is carefully shield- ed," Jim says. As you approach the house, "the only inkling of the water is that the sky is so much brighter over that area. If I could have closed off the sky view, I would have." Another reason to separate the entry, which contains a powder room and closet, was to make a pure pavilion of the cypress-clad living, dining, and kitchen volume—Jim describes it as a "great raft of wood." Moving from the entry- way, guests enter this main living space over a short corridor with water on both sides. The family approaches the house by car from a different direction, but the journey is no less pleasurable. Jim uses buildings to reveal different aspects of the landscape in rela- tion to the owners' household routines: How do they drive in? How do they get out of their car, get an armload of groceries to the kitchen? What do they experience doing that? What tools can be used to amplify those experiences? Above and below: The combination living-dining-kitchen volume is, says Jim, a "great raft of wood," appearing to float above the natural pond. 27 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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