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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would cross a creek. Nonetheless, the BNIM team did their due diligence and investigated the entire property for the location for the house. "When they came to us, they were curious about whether it was even possible. They had seen the Midwest Retreat project we had done—on a much bigger piece of property—and really liked it," recalls Jonathan, who was project architect for the house. "In the end, it did make sense to site the house over the ravine. We try to touch the land as lightly as possible and it accomplished that. And we were excited about it as a unique gesture." The house is large, nearly 9,000 square feet, so it was important to make it as efficient as possible—not just with active measures, but with passive ones as a priority. "Our strategy is always to make the no-cost moves first," Jonathan explains. "We do everything we can to set it up right. So, orientation Above: Stairs off the bridge lead to a lower level where family space will be built out later. A tall concrete plinth keeps more vulnerable materials up above the snow line. Opposite, left, and below: The Ravine Residence immerses itself and its occupants in the landscape. The same palette of materials used on the exterior and interior, along with a wide-opening, glass-and-steel pivot door, further underscore the holistic experience. 37 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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