Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

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

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Stair Contest The clients' initial design for the new house was a "clas- sic townhouse with a central stair." David's plan was to "push the stair to the side and bring in lots of light. We did something similar a few years ago on another house on the hill that was dark. What we do is a computer model light study to make sure the light penetration will be as meaningful as we think it will. We wanted to do a glass- and-open-riser stair, but the clients thought it might make them feel uncomfortable. So, the treads are very solid, but the way the stair comes up is pulled away from the wall and railing. "Once we made the decision to move the staircase back, it became the central organizing element," David continues. Wrapped in glass and steel with a skylight at the top, the stair is visible only from the courtyard at the back of the house, an area safe from the purview of the review board. "With no alleys in the back of these buildings, the struggle is always in bringing light in." Top and above: A strategic skylight illuminates key work areas in the subterranean kitchen. Light-color surfaces also brighten the space. 37 VOL. 2, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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