This New Modern House Treesdale explores ways to fit a modern dwelling respectfully into its gated suburban setting among more traditional neighbors.
Iconic forms help fit building massing into this final plot in the Treesdale neighborhood while distinctive details achieve a more modern feel. Phase One includes all major elements, while future phases are to include pool, poolhouse, back terrace canopy, and basement finish for this family of four with two young children.
Phase One construction was substantially complete in late 2015. Please see below for progress photos and check back for updates and Phase Two.
Foundations Begin – New Modern House Treesdale
For economy, foundation wall heights were dropped from design heights to enable 8″ thickness foundation walls, with higher basement ceiling heights achieved with wood-framed knee walls. Concrete counterfort walls were added to stabilize these shorter walls since they created a hinge-point condition along the entire length of the foundations. The counterforts looked like they took a good deal of concrete and labor, but were a less expensive alternative to 10″ thickness taller walls throughout. Builder was cost conscious and Architect was design-conscious, so we came together for a workable alternative. Architect wanted to be sure that the future back pool deck walkout-patio area was flush on walk-out with just a few steps down to future pool, so we needed to add bitumen membrane waterproofing along key areas to achieve acceptable waterproofing along the basement and wood-framed kneewall areas. Normal builder pattern and intent was to step-down dramatically at doorways – in this case about 3-4 feet to grade – to get down to pre-existing grade level. Happily, we were able to make this appropriate grade change, but it increased cost for the additional waterproofing membranes, more foundation walls to contain pea fill (additional site fill dirt was free from other excavation sites).
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Project Info – New Modern House Treesdale:
Architecture/Interior Design/Photography/Renderings: HAUS | Architecture
Contractor: JBG Construction