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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was redesigned and replaced with more energy-efficient specimens. The master bath showcases more of the owners' marble slabs, each piece carefully placed to highlight the pat- terns created by the veining. Behind the vessel tub, a giant X aligns its sinews along the rise of the tub filler. The result looks effortless, but of course the room required some of the most intense work in the project. "We photographed every slab so we could work with the photos to lay out the design," says Alex. "It all starts with the X pattern behind the tub. There's another X on the floor. The slabs all book match and mirror. It took 30 or 40 tubs to pick out the right one. The stone setters did an amazing job." Ups and Downs Although the renovation pared some rooms on the interior, it added a stun- ning rooftop deck. The new elevator makes it truly feasible to use as an en- tertaining area or simply a place to grill burgers en famille. Because the neigh- borhood is a landmark historic district and many of the surrounding buildings are not tall, the vistas are wonderfully expansive. True, the house was not a landmark building, but it still came under scrutiny by the review board, which was especial- ly concerned about the building's height as it appeared from the street. "The roof was flat and the limestone parapet was original, but we added the custom glass and zinc coping and railing," says Alex. (Both disappear at street level.) Zinc also clads the "portal" volume that houses the elevator and stair access. The roof is 52 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 DESIGN LAB CITY HOUSES

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