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FEB 2019

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"It looks a lot higher end than it really is. The co- hesiveness of it and the style of it lends itself toward that high-design feeling," he continues. "Maple is a very easily purchased and used material. We used the same Caesarstone countertop everywhere. We got everything out of the slabs that we purchased. For flooring, we used a Marmoleum that goes through the mudroom, the dining room and the kitchen. And then we used maple flooring throughout the rest of the main level. The only real differences appear in the use of tile for the backsplash and the tile surrounding the wood-burning stove," he adds. As Levin explains, this project seems to fit per- fectly with the kind of work they intended to do when the company was formed in 2008. Revolution is a true design/build firm where design and project management reside with only one or two individu- als. Their process is very iterative and precise, and there tends to be a very clear line of communica- tion that allows for more accurate and consistent changes when they occur. And when everyone is on the same page, it allows time for purchases like unique Italian tiles that require eight- to 10-week ordering lead times, which was the case for the tile used in the kitchen backsplash. A Transformed Exterior Almost no traces of the original 1969 rambler exist on the exterior of the home. From a massing standpoint, a portion of it is has two floors versus its previous single-floor form. And the cladding is very contemporary and up-to-date. From a dis- tance, the cedar planks look as if they have been singed in the Japanese style called Shou Sugi Ban, but they are not. Instead, they have been stained black. Other portions of the exterior are com- prised of vertical, natural tongue-and-grooved cedar. The goal, Levin says, was to bring balance to the massing and to avoid having it appear as which bisects the two-story portion of the elevation horizontally and stretches out past the front door. From the street it reads like a porch, but the slats are open, allowing light through to the first-floor windows and into the dining room and foyer. Light and dark wood is also at work in the trellis. And the contrast creates an interesting variability. There are no sidewalks in the neighborhood, so the front walk runs from the driveway across to the front entry. The entry is the only covered portion of the trellis. It is marked by two very solid-looking columns made of horizontal natural cedar planks. Inside are load-bearing columns to support the slightly cantilevered bedrooms above. Scraped and reconceived, the resulting home is efficient, contemporary and utterly transformed. It is an understated "revolution" in remodeling. triple-pane Marvin windows kicks out enough heat to require the home's furnace to operate only occasionally each winter day. The Morsoe 7642 wood burning stove is made in Denmark and was carefully selected and specified by the homeowners. It is the metaphoric beating heart at the center of their living spaces. All of those spaces are unified in another way. Their clean, understated yet rich finishes are used in all three main spaces—the kitchen, the great room and the dining room. Maple cabinets and maple trim are found throughout. In addition, the same Calico White quartz from MSI that is used on the kitchen countertops and kitchen island is also used on vanities and the built-in buffet area in the dining room. Overall, there is a sense of very in- tentional, well-designed spaces where quality over quantity is the ethos. "If they would have chosen not to do all of the green initiatives, this project would have been a lot less expensive. The triple-pane windows, the spray-foam insulation and the R-70 ceilings and stuff like that costs extra money. Those items put the project at $200 per square foot," Levin notes. "But from an interior finishes standpoint, there are areas where we are making fairly standard materials look a lot nicer than what people might expect their cost to be. Cedar stained black combined with natural cedar offers a contemporary Japanese burnt-wood, Shou Sugi Ban, look. A trellis reads like a porch but allows natural light in through the south-facing triple-pane doors. The trellis also creates a visual break in the massing of the front elevation. DESIGN SOLUTIONS 36 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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