Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

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

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the basement, says Matt. At first, the clients were unsure of whether they wanted to renovate the 100-year-old house or rebuild—it had already had a number of middling renovations in the 1980s. Although they sought to improve upon what they had, they were concerned they might lose what they loved about the house if it were completely replaced. Ultimately, says Matt, "there were lots of things with the bones and infrastructure that were not conducive to adding on." The structural engineer concurred. The team and clients decided to re-envision the house and build anew. Seeing Clearly The biggest sacrifice in tearing down the existing house was its grandfathered location next to the water. Had they held onto the old foundation, the design team could have gotten the house closer to the lake. "Our clients were worried they would not have as good a view in the new house," Matt says. "But we reassured them we would be able to get them great views—even better views than they had." The secret to the team's superpower? Windows—floor- to-ceiling windows—and lots of them. "Older houses were Below: The new house preserves the owners' easy access to the outdoors from the master bedroom. A cool morning dip is just steps away. 49 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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