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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Above: Lush materials and contrasts add interest to the master bath. and small; this is a contemporary riff on that idea, where we have a wall that is beautiful unto itself, but also a compo- sition and display of both everyday and fine art objects that make a statement about the spirit of the space." The staircase is another object of art, as well as a key piece of interior choreography. Positioned along a two-story wall clad in cedar—another touchstone from the courtyard—its thick walnut treads rise on a single steel stringer. "The stair anchors the threshold between inside and out, but is also an event; when someone ascends or descends the stairs, they're sort of on display," says Yanai. The living area's other defining feature is a sliding glass wall that opens seamlessly to the backyard and swim- ming pool. Because the lot is not very big, it's important to have this visual and literal porosity, the architect says. "You pocket that door away, and all of a sudden that sitting and dining area feels almost like it's outside, so it eliminates the need for covered outdoor space. It was a way to avoid the need for an outdoor sitting area." The backyard, in turn, reads as a natural extension of the house with its board-formed con- crete fireplace wall, concrete planters, and cedar slats. Shoehorned onto a tight lot, the home's simple, peaceful interior palette lets the landscape and art, and the lives of the owners, take center stage. In the ab- sence of upper cabinets, the white kitchen FLOOR PLAN 59 VOL. 2, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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