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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a way of getting people to come out and stop something they and a few others didn't want to see happen." Things got ugly, and long story short, Bruce backed down, offering to sell the land to the Norwalk Land Trust, which owns preserved land around Farm Creek. But then that deal fell through, the neighbor moved to Cal- ifornia, and he won approval in 2015 by moving the proposed house as close to the road as setback would allow, preserving the views for others. It was a relief, of course, but a chap- ter he'd just as soon forget. "I didn't like being vilified at all, whether for legitimate reasons or not," he says. "I thought I'd go out of my way to do as sensitive a design as possible." Paying Homage If sensitivity to the neighbors drove the house's design, so did its vulnerable perch in a flood zone. Assuming the area will be subject to rising sea levels and worsening storms, Bruce raised the main part of the house 15 feet above sea level on concrete piers—two feet higher than FEMA requires. The attached ground-level garage was built with reinforced concrete up to the base flood elevation. Vents in the concrete allow floodwaters to enter the garage, equaliz- ing the water pressure so it doesn't crush the structure from the outside. Thinking about those neighbors, Bruce devised a tall and slightly whim- sical, barn-like house whose narrow front facade—just 12.5 feet across— This page: Ductwork and structure is revealed and employed to define rooms and functions. "There is no applied detail to the house," says Bruce. 80 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 DESIGN LAB HIGHER ORDER

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