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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a spot moving across them, and it's the reflection of vultures flying by." Enabling those uninterrupted vistas and keeping the overall house design light and precise required very careful planning up front. For instance, support columns are painted black and aligned with window frames so they disappear. Service areas for the kitchen are zoned in one block in the pantry. And nearly everything that's necessary but un- sightly hides in the fireplace wall. "We used the fireplace block for a lot of the mechanical systems, the air intake and anything else that is an outlet and needs to go through the roof," says Jonathan. "We used wood trusses for the spans and for the roof, so we were also able to block out openings in the trusses to run major utilities. And we used closed- cell foam in the roof, so we didn't have to ventilate it and could keep it thin." Execution of these elements was of par- amount importance, and so Jonathan called upon Mark Main of Mainbuilt, with whom he had worked on the Above: Precise alignment of flooring, windows, columns, and other elements keeps everyone's focus on the view. A vanity lifts off the floor to emphasize the floating tree-house effect. award-winning Midwest Retreat. "He is outstanding. This can't just have happened with our visions and drawing. His work was instrumental." [Learn more about Mainbuilt on page 19.] A bounty of thought and planning went into the major and minor delights of the Ravine Residence, and yet one of its most loved features was a wonderful surprise: a covered patio, located at the service end of the house, that was orig- inally meant to be a screened porch. It doesn't share the big southern view that the main living area showcases; instead it faces north. "The patio is nestled in there, with the hill rising behind it. The wing beyond forms another wall, which expands the space but gives it definition," Jonathan says. "Some of my favorite moments and the clients' are to the north. Nature comes into play and envelopes them. That roof overhead provides a sense of shelter. There are sights and sounds. Leaving the patio open instead of screening it in—that small move made all the difference." Ravine Residence Rural Iowa ARCHITECT: Rod Kruse, FAIA, principal in charge; Jonathan Ramsey, AIA, project architect; Dana Sorenson, AIA, BNIM, Des Moines, Iowa BUILDER: Mark Main, Mainbuilt, Clive, Iowa LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Ted Lare, Dana Cox, Ted Lare Design + Build, Cumming, Iowa PROJECT SIZE: 8,795 square feet SITE SIZE: 9 acres CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelly Callewaert KEY PRODUCTS DOORS: Modern Steel Doors LOCKSETS: Yale PIVOT DOOR HARDWARE: RIXSON GARAGE DOORS: Wayne Dalton ROOFING: Firestone Building Products UNDERLAYMENT/SHEATHING: Huber Engineered Wood WEATHERIZATION SYSTEMS: Keene Driwall Rainscreen HVAC: ClimateMaster Geothermal Heat Pump System FIREPLACE INSERT: Heat & Glo LARGE FORMAT TILE: Fiandre COUNTERTOPS: Vicostone Quartz CABINETS: Minnesota Cabinets CABINET PULLS: Mockett KITCHEN RANGE/WALL OVENS: Wolf REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER: Sub-Zero VENT HOOD: Thermador DISHWASHER: Thermador FAUCETS: Delta, Hansgrohe SINKS: Lacava, Duravit, Kohler TOILETS: Kohler TUBS: MTI Baths, Kohler TILE: Daltile LIGHTING: Bega, Cree, Delta Light LIGHTING CONTROL: Lutron WINDOW SHADING: Lutron PAINTS/STAINS/COATINGS: Diamond Vogel 40 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 DESIGN LAB PRIVATE OASIS

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