2021 Master Design Awards: Detached Structure
Davitt Design Build
West Kingston, R.I. | davittinc.com
Designer: Mary Rae | Project manager: Jeff Erban
Location: Southern Mass. | Square footage: 350 | Project cost: $500,000
Photos: Jamie Harrington (Image Ten Real Estate Photographers)/Michael Lefebvre
Sitting on a 500-acre pristine estate, the pool cabana was designed to integrate seamlessly with the landscape as well as the adjoining equestrian grounds. It not only enlivens but also improves the connection between the main home and rolling pastures. The relaxing poolside retreat offers protection from sun and an outdoor kitchen with stainless steel cabinetry and granite countertops.
The new pool house mirrors specific architectural details of the main home, including brass gas lanterns and custom red cedar shake siding. Along with the fully equipped outdoor kitchen, the cabana has a shiplap washroom that creates harmony between indoor and outdoor living as well.
Cabinetry: Brown Jordan
Countertop: East Coast Countertop
Gas lanterns: Bevolo Coach House
LEFF Construction Design Build
Sebastopol, Calif. | leffconstruction.com
Location: Sebastopol, Calif. | Square footage: 558 | Project cost: $538,492
Photos: Elaine Lucia
The client was a retired, elder-housing executive. She wanted a private accessory dwelling unit for her frequent weekend guests. An important goal was preserving as much of the original footprint, materials and character of the original structure as possible. The exposed trusses were especially important to the client; she loved the result achieved by staining the new, replacement materials to match the old, preserved wood.
The team carefully removed and preserved the existing roof sheeting, removed the existing roof rafters and ceiling joists, and installed new roof trusses. The new trusses were painted a dark color, and they reinstalled the old roof sheeting. This resulted in a structurally sound roof structure that looked as if it was as old as the rest of the building.
The original exterior walls were framed with 2 by 3 members with no lateral bracing. In order to avoid reframing the walls and replacing the existing old siding, they insulated the walls with closed cell spray foam to obtain a sufficient R-value and sheeted the interior surface with plywood to provide the lateral bracing.
The client had considered the old shed wasted space; it is now livable space that contributes to the value of the property and can house a future caretaker or tenant (another important goal). The tight, comfortable and highly functional ADU achieved these goals beautifully. Finally, she had completely re-landscaped the large backyard; the resulting design now creates a strong connection and nice transition from indoors to outdoors.
Gas range: Classic Retro by Unique
Lighting: Lightology, Rejuvenation Decorative Lighting
Faucets: Moen; Kohler
Rochman Design Build
Ann Arbor, Mich. | rochmandesignbuild.com
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich. | Square footage: 780 | Project cost: $245,000
Photos: Tyler Holloway Photography
The clients for this project wished to create headroom in an old attic space above a three-car garage, one where the client could have the perfect, sound-isolated writing studio. They also wanted to turn their three-car garage into a two-car garage with room for a music room, interior staircase to the writer’s studio, and a bathroom on the second level.
Creating ample daylight and headroom was a main challenge for the design team, as the attic had a low gabled roofline, and sound isolation from the music room and garage created its own unique set of challenges.
Creating the bright living space under the vaulted room was achieved with the right-size dormers and carefully placed skylights, as well as open lattice work between the stairs and the music room below. New brick and copper siding details were critical to the exterior complementing the house.
Lav faucet: Graff
Toilet seat: Toto
Cable rail system: Tech
Wall lantern: B-K Lighting
Floor tile: Flaviker
Wall tile: Syzygy
Door hardware: Baldwin
Exterior siding: James Hardie