This project evolved into an extensive 4000 sq ft reconstruction and expansion of a single family home on the East Side. The home, while situated off a busy suburb thoroughfare, is set back and surrounded by an “older growth” canopy preserving a sense of seclusion. While privacy remained paramount, natural light was an element that the homeowners would not concede. A 45′ Quantum Clad Window Wall with an integrated Pivot Door (portions of the window are 17 feet in height) is not only great in the summer but essential in the winter keeping the home warm and bright and blurring the boundaries between inside and out. Much attention was given to exterior siding choices that would guarantee near zero maintenance for the owner, so Resysta composite and Silbonit cement board were selected.
The interiors have several unique components. Precast concrete walls, benches, and stair treads are found throughout the home. Precast concrete is an efficient, cost-effective product, which allows for flexibility in design, speedy installations and high quality durable structures. Sapele, the African Mahogany of today, was the selected plantation-sourced species for the windows, casework, doors, and trim.
Warm porcelain tiles are found throughout the home as geothermal energy, harvested from the earth, preheats water running through the hydronic radiant tubing encased in the concrete slab below. The Water Furnace equipment serves to air condition the home as well. Two exterior water features surround the interior living spaces which add beauty and tranquility.
The contemporary kitchen not only features flat paneled cabinetry but is also home to the house wines. A custom wine refrigerator with a lift and slide glass door display 360 bottles horizontally. Black perforated steel wall panels wrap the fireplace. Walls and ceilings have a custom plaster finish. A 45 mil Fibertite membrane roof (PVC) keeps the rain out and deflects the sun rays in the summer months.