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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Top and above: Book matching and mirroring the marble pattern for the master bath was a Tetris-like design effort. "Since we were working with so very few materials, we tried to separate them and give them air," says Alex. "It was very tricky to get the old and the new to match up and look intentional." You see those reveals in the base trim and in the new undulating main stair, among other locations. The stair evokes the curves of the original, but the glass is new and the railings have been flattened and squared off, as compared to the 1980s ship rail used before—just a few more examples of how every touchpoint was reconsidered for today's aesthetic. Although some variation of the main stair was sure to stay, the spiral back stair was on the chopping block at the beginning of the project. In the existing house, it accessed a series of sunrooms and quasi-outdoor spaces—areas that were vulnerable to heat gain from their western exposure. Ultimately, the owners and team decided to retain the stair as a "cool remnant of the origi- nal house," Alex recalls. Those rear rooms were repurposed as resolutely interior space—a sitting room for the second-floor master and a playroom for the top-floor child's realm (the footprint gets smaller as you go up). Meanwhile, the architects pulled the roof line out a bit to create a little more shade and pro- tection from the sun, and all the glazing 50 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 DESIGN LAB CITY HOUSES

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