Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

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The neighborhood sits higher than Omaha's urban core, with great views of downtown to the north and west. That condition led the architects to focus the design inward on the main level, while the upstairs celebrates 200-degree views. It also dictated the home's orien- tation: the best views are to the north, and there was a remnant driveway on the south even though the lot was empty. Dolezal's team organized the project into three sections. The living room, kitchen, and second-story master suite are positioned on the north, while the south side contains two children's bedrooms above a three-car garage that utilized the existing driveway. A two-story glass atri- um bisects the two volumes. Its staircase leads to a second-story catwalk, then up through a roof monitor to the outdoor patio and those downtown vistas. A rented lift provided the roof monitor's frame of reference. "We brought out a lift and went up 30 feet to where the roofline would be to see what views there were," Dolezal says. "That set the precedent for a monitor that slopes upward, with a door that exits on the south side of the house to a roof terrace." Another surprise, not as pleasant, came to light during construc- tion. Excavation unearthed remnants of tunnels that bootleggers once used between buildings. "We had to excavate around the old bootlegger footings and add compacted fill," he says, adding that, luckily, perhaps, the discovery had no archival importance. Although many nearby substandard buildings are being torn down, TACKar- chitects preserved some local precedents. For example, they maintained the same setback from the street as other build- ings, and the elevation of the first and second floors matches those of adjacent houses. However, the home's flat roof and materials are a stark contrast to the old neighborhood—or what is left of it. While this was the first modern house to go up in the formerly sketchy neigh- borhood, "now, to the south is a big multifamily development that copied Above: Cambia in a shiplap pattern moves from outside to the entry hall interior. The perforated steel staircase was custom made by a local welder. Above, left to right: The clients had originally wanted concrete for the exterior, but fiber-cement panels were more budget friendly. "We set the trend for the rest of neighborhood as it started redeveloping." —Jeff Dolezal 64 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 DESIGN LAB CITY HOUSES

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