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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is always front of mind. That was one of the reasons that spanning the ravine made sense. In a lot of other places on the property, we would have had to get further out of the ground." The house shades itself against heat gain from the south—where the big views are— with a 6-foot overhang, and there are high-tech solutions such as geothermal heating and cooling. The system takes care of 50 percent of the water heating needs, too, says Jonathan. The Road Taken No residential project is successful un- less it's functional for everyday life and it supplies a measure of delight to uplift the soul. The clients on this project, a full-time residence, drive across the site and over a creek to get to their house every day. The journey to the house is as much a part of the experience as the dwelling is—and the heart of that expe- rience is the immersion in nature. "They just really love being in the house and experiencing all the seasons and nature that happen all around them," Jonathan says. "The topography, vegetation, and the landscape—the house wraps around and over the landscape. It helps form and frame the landscape." Framing the landscape was a key driver for every design move and orches- tration of program. Central functions occupy the bridge portion of the house—kitchen, dining, living—taking advantage of large spans of curtain wall that face north and south. The southern window wall, with its big forest vista, continues beyond the bridge to provide views for the ends of the house as well— the master suite and, at the opposite end, a library/workspace. Meanwhile, every circulation route aligns with glass and views, so all movement through the house is rewarded with a delightful scene. "The master bath is enveloped by cedar trees," says Jonathan. "And the counters in the kitchen reflect the sky. You'll see 39 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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