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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long peninsula came up for sale in 2013. The buildings he designed in the town's commercial center between 1985 and 2010 were well-received, including a market, barber shop, hardware store, several condos along the river, and the building that houses both banks. His role in revitalizing the town helped earn him entry into the AIA College of Fellows in 2010. This spit of land had a 1949 cottage at the tip and was part of a trolley line that carried passengers over a trestle bridge to an amusement park at Roton Point. Bruce proposed a two-and-a-half-story house on stilts, 17 feet wide, that would sit toward the far end of peninsula, which itself is just fifty feet at its widest point. The backlash was swift and un- expected—driven, Bruce says, by people who did not want to see a house where none had been before, but primarily by a neighbor couple who had adopted the property as part of their backyard. "As far as they were concerned, it was their yard," he says. "They were very success- ful in convincing other people that it constituted a major environmental crisis. That was far from the truth, but it was Opposite: The house, which is 75 feet long, is organized into five 15-foot zones. The ipe X-bracing isn't critical but, says Bruce, the house feels good with it there. Just 12.5 feet wide, the footprint preserves the public's views of the estuary from the road. 79 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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