We utilized a radiant heating system throughout the entire building, as well as installed photo-voltaic panels on the roof. All insulation was foam spray-in, and we re-utilized the existing timbers from the existing structure for stair treads and landings.
The existing one story industrial building covered the entire lot, and the client highly valued privacy. The scheme for the home groups living spaces around two courtyard gardens that are cut into the center of the structure. The large south garden, surrounded by the more public living spaces, is filled with lush plantings and trees. The contrasting north garden, surrounded by the more private bedrooms and the master bath, is a dry landscape of rocks and boulders. Both courtyards flood the surrounding spaces with natural light and bring the changing light and weather conditions into the living spaces.
A central open stair and vertical light shaft connects the open living/dining/kitchen spaces on the south side, to the more private bedroom and Master Bath spaces on the north. Sectionally, the south heavy timber structure is one story while the north side splits into two levels, going up for the Master and kid's bedrooms, and going down for a Family Room, and adjacent guest spaces. The stair provides access to the roof deck and solar array, and brings light from the vaulted pop-up down into the lower level.
The project seeks to retain the integrity and urban character of the original die cutting facility, while creating comfortable spaces for family life and entertaining through careful insertion of refined design elements. We juxtapose many of the original ‘coarse’ materials like brick, steel, and heavy timber, with highly refined materials like zinc shingles, white lacquer, dark brown millwork, marble mosaics, and clean white quartz.