2021 Master Design Awards: Detached Structure

by Kyle Clapham

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
Appliances: Sub-Zero
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.

Refrigerator: Smeg
Gas range: Classic Retro by Unique
Cabinets: Omega
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.

Sink: Duravit
Lav faucet: Graff
Toilet: Toto
Toilet seat: Toto
Cable rail system: Tech
Wall lantern: B-K Lighting
Floor tile: Flaviker
Wall tile: Syzygy
Door hardware: Baldwin
Skylights: Velux
Exterior siding: James Hardie
Windows: Marvin

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