Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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to the glass walls and ceiling. The black of the steel frame provides a much-needed connection between the two exterior forms of the home and is a wel- come faceliƁ to the home's rear Extending past the plane of the home helps visually anchor the two wings of the home, while the glass nature of the structure does not overwhelm those forms. Providing a cover over the upper deck achieves two major goals. The first is keeping natural debris from accumulating in the alcove, a problem for this forested lot where breezes would oƁen sweep up the hill. The second is to create a feeling of protec- tion and enclosure—less like a deck and more like an exterior room. A solid cover was not desirable because the lack of natural light would make the area dark and uninviting. A normal glass covering would not be struc- turally sufficient and would create a heat island in the summertime. A product invented and manufactured at the University of Michigan's A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Situmbra, is a perfect solution. A composite glass material, it is lightweight, strong, insulating and allows dappled light through. The unique Situmbra roof structure utilizes passive so- lar technology to maximize sunlight onto the deck while at the same time minimizing the associated solar heat gain. It also allows for protection from the rain so occupants can enjoy the deck even on rainy days. Because the Situmbra roof allows most light to penetrate while creating almost a prismatic The new cantilevered steel and glass structure balances the home's exist- ing exterior forms with a minimalist design, while also keeping the natural debris and elements at bay for a more inviting space year-round. BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com April 2019 35

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