Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2018

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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that effectively acts as a heat shield from the mid-day sun. e Ipe wood trellis above the folded glass door system in the living room was designed with southern sun angles in mind to shield the glass during the summer, but also allow for solar heating during the winter. e east- and west-facing spaces are clad in stucco, acting as a delayed heat sink absorbing heat during the day and releasing it during the night. is works extremely well—the house is comfortable year-round without air conditioning and relatively little heating, with the owners regularly opening the entire living room wall, even on (sunny) winter days. rough the well-coordinated effort of architect, owner and general contractor, we were able to strike the right balance of not biting off too much or too little. Knowing where to focus our efforts and agreeing on our priorities as a team allowed us to a build a bridge to success and not a bridge too far. | of the surrounding hillside. e side wings, containing bedrooms and dining, are clad in integral colored stucco. Horizontal stacked slate is used throughout the exterior of the house as accents below windows and is featured at the entry and foyer on the walls, as well as the floor. Cherry veneer used on the cabinetry is complemented by Cumaru flooring, which was chosen for its ability to match the color and grain of the Ipe used on the exterior. Sustainability was high on the priority list in order to bring the home in line with today's energy usage expecta- tions. We added solar panels to the middle/bridge portion of the home to cover the majority of electricity needs. Plumbing lines were also installed for solar hot water to further reduce energy consumption. e house was outfitted with energy-efficient windows, glass doors and skylights throughout that eliminate the need for interior lighting during daylight hours. e low-E coating on the windows also reduces the solar heat gain while admitting visible light. e entire home was thoroughly insulated beyond the local and state requirements. e location of exterior cladding was also considered. South-facing spaces used during the day are clad in an Ipe wood rain screen VISIBLE RESEARCH OFFICE is a San Francisco-based, award-winning firm providing architecture and interior design services. Principal Mark Donohue, AIA, is a licensed architect who has been involved with the design and building of residential, commercial and institutional projects for more than 25 years. VRO is dedicated to researching new fabrication techniques as well as the use of innovative materials in construction. Founded in 2003, VRO is gaining a reputation for thoughtful and provocative work. The home's entryway was relocated, making the first floor accessible from the entrance. Brazilian ipe and stone detailing from the exterior extend into the foyer. Another folding glass door system from NanaWall Doors creates access from the kitchen to the rear yard and continues the home's indoor/outdoor theme. BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com QR June 2018 29

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